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.
Conner Prairie, CICOA Partner to Advocate for Dementia Awareness and Inclusion
Conner Prairie has a long track record of creating welcoming environments for guests with sensory or developmental challenges, and now it is expanding its commitment to inclusion by joining the Dementia Friends Indiana movement.
Dementia Friends Indiana is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to advance education and awareness of dementia. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions administers the program across the state and last year launched a pilot program in Hamilton County that we are proud to participate in. We pride ourselves on always offering welcoming environments for our guests and now we are able to do the same for those affected by dementia.
As proponents of inclusion, we want to engage all guests who walk through our doors and grounds with opportunities to enjoy our peaceful nature trails, interaction with our interpretation staff and have opportunities to enjoy hands on learning with our monthly Memory Cafe’s.
No single organization can address this issue alone and we are proud to work within our community to build a more dementia friendly environment for our guests and their families.
To achieve this goal, the museum is implementing the following changes:
Staff and volunteers are taking Dementia Friends training to recognize signs and understand how to interact with those with dementia.
Museum maps and signage highlight designated areas with resting benches and quiet spots.
Conner Prairie will host an early opening with free admission so guests with dementia and their caregivers can enjoy a quieter experience while exploring the museum.
On August 16, Conner Prairie is hosting its first Memory Café, a monthly series of 90-minute programs hosted in the Welcome Center.