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Conner Prairie Permanent and Annual Exhibits and Activities

1959 Balloon Voyage – Weather-permitting, this exhibit is one of the most popular at Conner Prairie. Take a trip in a real hot air balloon soaring 350 above the grounds of the museum park and its immediate environs.
Animal Encounters Barn – Always free to members and with your general admission, this is a very special area of Conner Prairie. You and your kids can hold a newborn chick, pet lambs, calves and goats, and learn about them from the museum’s animal experts.
Civil War Journey – Included in this sector of the museum are the Bank Barn, the Porter Family Home, the Telegraph Station, a covered bridge, and the River Crossing play area where you can play Civil War dress-up and enjoy the water play area.
Conner Homestead – So much to do and see here, where it all began! Visit the Loom House and make a basket, the Candlemaking Shed and create a candle to take home, enjoy Wednesday Grandparents’ Day, Thursdays “Taste the Past,” Fridays “Frontier Survivor,” Saturdays “H-CSI,” and Sundays “Uncover Nature.” Regular in-depth tours of the William Conner home run twice a day.
Craft Corner – In which visitors get to make crafts using the same methods used in the 1800s. Different techniques are offered each week, such as soap-making, quilting stencils and paper beads. Open all year round and free with your admission.
Discovery Station – This is an indoor learning and play center that’s so fun your little ones will be reluctant to leave. There’s a train station, a market, an old-fashioned basketball play area, a 19th-century dress-up area a kitchen with a real wood-burning oven and more!
Lenape Camp – Some of the fun things to do here are to help stock the trading post, listen to daily frontier tales in the Storyteller’s Cabin, see real wigwams and throw tomahawks, hoops and spears.
Museum Center Shop – View and shop for historically accurate gift, food and decorative items at this interesting store. The store is free to visit, and is located in the Conner Prairie Welcome Center. Be sure to stop by and take a little bit of the past home with you.
Prairietown – Amazing activities and things to do in this section of Conner Prarie include working a historic crime scene investigation, meeting Dr. Campbell and his family, building a potter’s shop, “Taste the Past,” helping run the Zimmerman’s farm or the Whitaker’s Store,┬ávisit a blacksmith, a real schoolhouse, the Golden Eagle Inn and a carpenter’s shop.
Science Lab – All year round at Conner Prairie, the Science Lab has something interesting to experience. Participating in the various guided experiments there, you and your kids can build a machine that really moves, learn how to spin a windmill, how a motor works and much more.

Conner Prairie Annually Recurring Special Events

Civil War Days – During the year, when the Civil War Journey isn’t happening, you can still immerse yourself and your family in this crucial crossroad of American history.
Conner Prairie by Candlelight – Take a trip back in time to Christmas eve in 1836 and witness life in Prairie town as it was then, all lit up with candles.
Conner Prairie Golf Classic – This yearly event supports the school outreach programs Conner Prairie offers year-round. It’s held at the Prairie View Golf Club in nearby Carmel, Indiana.
Country Fair – It’s a mid-September spectacular, a favorite among the many excellent Indianapolis fairs and festivals.
Fall Break Day Camp – Get out and enjoy the crisp, colorful fall at Conner Prairie! Enjoy crafts, an outdoor fish fry, hiking and more.
Follow the North Star – This is a 90-minute evening program that reveals what life was like for captive slaves and those desperately trying to escape on the Underground Railroad.
Glorious Fourth – One of the best Independence Day celebrations in Indiana, this big party offers a window on the way July 4 was celebrated during the 1800s.
Headless Horseman – During mid- to late-October, take a spooky hayride around the Conner Prairie woods and you’re sure to see the Headless Horseman, a memorable sight!
Hearthside Suppers – Experience an authentic meal from the 1800s on the prairie, from its preparation to its enjoyment at the candlelit table.
Holiday Fun at Conner Prairie – The holidays are favorite times on the prairie. Visit the Gingerbread Village, sit with Santa for breakfast or dinner, take a candlelit tour or a horse-drawn wagon trip out under the wide sky.
Indy Mini Maker Faire – A “Maker Faire” is one where the whole family learns, creates, builds and plays, inspiring one another with their imaginations.
Marsh Symphony on the Prairie – There’s simply nothing like it, a must-see experience in Central Indiana.

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