Step back in time and join a bustling community where people, animals, objects, and daily routines are exactly the same as they were over 150 years ago.
Soar high above Conner Prairie in a helium-filled balloon, and learn how manned flight moved from dream to reality.
Immerse yourself in Hoosier life during the Civil War and enlist to help defend the state from Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders.
Live like a Lenape Indian as you toss a tomahawk, climb inside a wigwam, and try your hand at fur trading in Conner Prairie’s earliest historical area.
Step inside the barn of a real working farm, where you can feed, pet, and play with livestock, while learning from their caretakers.
Enter one of Indiana's first brick homes where you can discover the story of William Conner and how Indiana's history changed here.
Connect with nature and play freely in a 4-story treehouse surrounded by special activity areas where guests of all ages can dig in and have fun.
Design a new invention, fly a plane, and create an electrical circuit in this fun ever-changing indoor exhibit that celebrates innovation in Indiana.
Show the world your creativity and make a unique take-home project in an exciting indoor craft area.
Create, climb, explore, play, and pretend in a one-of-a-kind indoor play area perfect for kids through the age of 8.
We recently worked to reshape the principals that guide our work at Conner Prairie to be more personable and memorable. These values truly get to the heart of the relevance of history and how we approach our mission at Conner Prairie to inspire curiosity and foster learning. Simply stated, at Conner Prairie we have a Heart for the Past, Head for the Present and an Eye to the Future.
By having a heart for the past means we look to create meaningful connections for guests and each other while preserving and using our resources to reflect the makeup of the wider world in our stories. By having a head for the present means that we take ownership in our work, are curious and share what we know, and are continually identifying and adapting to change. By having an eye to the future means we are continually growing Conner Prairie and making it better than we found it and ever evolving to fit the needs of the community while supporting a culture of inclusion and equity. You will hear more about how we are using these in future editions of Norman’s Notes.