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 opened Makesmith Workshop on January 11th with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by board members, employees and local media, including some of our most loyal parent bloggers who champion our efforts to provide activities and opportunities that include entire families.
The maker movement continues to grow throughout the U.S. At Conner Prairie, though, we’ve been making since our inception. We have strived to give our visitors knowledge of the importance of working with fiber, wood, metal and more. Now, with this exhibit, we have a daily experience to engage visitors of all ages and explore their curiosities as they learn new techniques, work with their hands and gain new skills.
It is important for all museums to find new, immersive ways to keep visitors engaged. We prototyped our makerspace idea with visitors last year and it was an overwhelming success. Youth were curious and that led them to exploration. Parents felt that process and engaged in activities with their children. That convinced us that this makerspace should be a reality. Themes inside Makesmith Workshop will change throughout the year. We’ll feature new tools, crafts, materials and more.