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.
History is not dead, dusty or boring at Conner Prairie and many other museums across America when its relevance to today’s society is evident through stories and activities of the past that engage guests and allows them to use this information to make informed decisions about the future. History is relevant, meaningful, and significant when it helps nurture personal identity and creates a sense of place for individuals.
Special free admission days, like our celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on January 16th and President’s Day on February 19th, help introduce a new audience to history, its influential leaders and to Conner Prairie. We did not have record attendance at these special programs during 2017 because they were free, but because we freely gave access for guests to discover their own place in the stories of our families, communities, and nation. Stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph need to be heard and learned. If they are not then another lesson of those who do not learn or heed history will be true again and again – those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.
When we learn the stories of other individuals and groups that have come before us and shaped the world in which we live it balances our perspectives and opens our minds to alternative viewpoints. Shared stories and experiences from our pasts strengthen our connections and commitment to one another and enable us to have constructive dialog about what matters most in society today. The reason that history is not boring at Conner Prairie is because we open the door to a space for these shared stories and experiences to be told, heard and learned.