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.
As I mentioned at last month’s annual meeting it is always nice to report on record attendance, but I'm prouder of what this represents - nearly 429,000 smiling faces and memorable experiences that left Conner Prairie last year because of how they engaged with our creative staff and cultural resources while on site.
We did have record attendance of 428,602 for 2017, the highest since Conner Prairie was founded 84 years ago. We welcomed 37,341 more people than we did in 2016, which was itself a record year. Here’s a look at at some of last year’s vital statistics:
• Visitors came from 46 U.S. states and 22 foreign countries
• 123,855 people attended Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, an all-time record
• 21,005 people rode our 1859 Balloon Voyage, which generated a record-annual revenue of $231,048
• 11,570 guests attended three free admission days, including a record 4,757 people on President's Day
• 8,267 families became members, consisting of 39,332 adults and children
• 575 adult volunteers gave a combined 41,273 hours of service to the museum and 100 youth volunteers ages 10-18 gave 120 hours each throughout the year
Also, Conner Prairie received a national award for exhibit excellence from the American Alliance of Museums for the reimagined and reinterpreted William Conner House. We were also named one of the most-visited outdoor museums in the U.S. by Education.com, Ancestry.com, Family Living Magazine and Outdoor History Museum Forum.
Of course we would not have been able to accomplish all of these activities last year without our creative, passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers who made it all happen for the guests and members that participated in Conner Prairie programs during 2017.