Year-round experience Makesmith Workshop opens

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.