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2017 FACT SHEET

Conner Prairie is one of the most-visited and most-awarded outdoor living history museums in the U.S, spanning more than 1,000 acres of developed and undeveloped land in central Indiana, just minutes north of Indianapolis.

Founded in 1934 by Eli Lilly, Conner Prairie offers seven outdoor destinations, five of which are historically themed, and three indoor exhibits that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math.

The museum offers special programming for toddlers and preschool-age children, a series of week-long summer day camps for youth, a robust youth volunteer program, special adult programming, including culinary events and skill-building classes and much more.

Conner Prairie stages a host of community special events throughout the year, including the Headless Horseman fall festival, the award-winning Follow the North Star program, STEM events Passport to Hi-Tech and Curiosity Fair, and Festival of Machines. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie welcomes thousands of guests each season to a summer concert series performed by the renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The museum also features unique spaces for catered corporate events, meetings, weddings, family outings and more.

Norman Burns
Norman Burns
President, CEO
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Rich Thrapp
Rich Thrapp
Chairman, Board of Directors


Accomplishments

  • Became Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate
  • Earned a national exhibit excellence award from the American Alliance of Museums
  • Awarded the National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Earned a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation
  • Named one of the top, most-visited outdoor museums in the U.S. by Education.com, Ancestry.com, Family Living Magazine and Outdoor History Museum Forum

Destinations and Experiences

  • 1836 Prairietown: Step back in time and join a bustling community where people, animals, objects and daily routines are exactly the same as they were many years ago.
  • William Conner House: Enter one of Indiana’s first brick homes where you will discover the story of William Conner and how Indiana’s history changed at Conner Prairie.
  • Lenape Indian Camp: Live like a Lenape Indian as you toss a tomahawk, climb inside a wigwam and try your hand at fur trading.
  • 1859 Balloon Voyage: Soar high above Conner Prairie in a helium-filled, tethered balloon and learn how manned flight moved from dream to reality.
  • 1863 Civil War Journey: Immerse yourself in Hoosier life during the Civil War and enlist to help defend the state from Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his raiders.
  • River Crossing: Inside 1863 Civil War Journey, children ages 2-10 can get wet and explore indoor and outdoor play areas and activities, including boats, Civil War dress-up time, climbing areas and water play.
  • Animal Encounters: Step inside the barn of a real working farm, where you can feed, pet and play with livestock while learning from their caretakers.
  • Treetop Outpost: A four-story treehouse will be the centerpiece of this new experience, inviting visitors to climb to the top and take in the view. Connect with nature as you walk along the White River and through scenic woods and prairie terrain.
  • Create.Connect: Design a new invention. Fly a plane. Create an electrical circuit in this fun, ever-changing indoor exhibit that celebrates Indiana innovation.
  • Discovery Station and Craft Corner: Create, climb, explore, play and pretend in a one-of-a-kind play area perfect for children up to age 8 that’s open year-round.
  • Conner Prairie Store: The Conner Prairie Store located inside the Welcome Center offers unique gifts, old-fashioned candy, toys, games, jewelry and more.
  • NEW IN 2018 Makesmith Workshop: Become a maker in our new makerspace. Let your imagination and hands guide you as you use new tools and work with new materials, including textiles, wood, metal, pottery and more.
 
 


2017 at a Glance

ECONOMIC IMPACT
  • $8.7 million economic impact on city of Fishers, Ind.
  • $22 million economic impact on Hamilton County, Ind.
  • $39 million economic impact on state of Indiana

EMPLOYMENT
  • 87 full-time employees
  • 63 part-time employees
  • 150 seasonal employees

ATTENDANCE
  • 428,602 total attendance
    • 304,747 daily visitors
    • 123,855 Symphony on the Prairie attendees
  • 53,286 visits by students, teachers and chaperones on school field trips
  • 2,226 youth attended summer day camps

MEMBERSHIP
  • 8,267 member families
  • 39,332 adults and children
  • 104,287 visits by members
  • $729,039 in income generated through membership sales

FINANCIALS
  • $1,693,392 total operating and capital support
  • $966,766 from individual giving
  • $466,523 in corporate support
  • $113,002 in foundation giving
  • $147,091 in government support

SUPPORT
  • 575 total volunteers
  • 41,273 combined hours that volunteers gave


Unaudited statistics released January 2017


Download the 2017 Fact Sheet



Mission Statement

Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.


Conner Prairie

13400 Allisonville Road
Fishers, IN 46038
(800) 966-1836
connerprairie.org