Guided Architectural Tour
Go behind the scenes and discover the stories behind our historic buildings. Were they built here originally? If not, where did they come from? How were the buildings used previously? What architectural style are they? What changes have been made to them? Find the answers to these and many more questions on your private, guided Architectural Tour.
Price: Combo Experience Areas and Guided Tour: $17
History Up Close
Your group will take part in a private, interactive, one-hour program on the topic of your choice. Programs take place in the Welcome Center or in the outdoor experience areas, and are led by a member of our staff. These programs are available between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please request a reservation at least two weeks before your program choice.
- Program only: $10 or
- Combo Experience Areas and choice of Program: $22
- Want to add a group meal option?
1859 Balloon Voyage
Reserve an 1859 Balloon Voyage, and your chance to take flight. The exhibit surrounding the balloon is an immersive experience with interactive activities, fun photo backdrops and realistic town square stores. (weather dependent)
This 60-90 minute seated experience is a fun way to connect with the past. Our volunteers provide 10-15 artifacts from our vault and guests are invited to touch, examine and discuss what they might have been used for long ago. Sometimes, they will spark a memory from someone who may have used this item or seen something like it at their own grandmother’s home. Groups will try to identify the artifacts, and then our docent will correctly identify the object and move on to the next interesting piece. This is one of our most popular programs and can be done at any time during the year.
History and Me!
This new program is similar to “Antiques Roadshow”. Guests are invited to send us a photograph of their keepsake or heirloom and our staff will research it. We will then provide historic information regarding those pieces in a fun, round-table discussion. If the piece is small, you may bring it in for the program. Please note, we do not provide any monetary information regarding the piece but will instead focus on its origins and history. Please allow a four week lead time for research. This is a 60-90 minute program dependent on the number of pieces chosen.
Please request a reservation at least 4-6 weeks before the program date.
What’s in a Costume?
Discover all the research that goes into re-creating 19th century clothing for our 1836 Prairietown residents. We will also look at select Civil War fashions from our 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana. Find answers to questions like; how many layers did an average woman wear? How did people keep cool during the summer months? Were there separate pieces for weddings and funerals? Were all Civil War uniforms made of wool? How did they clean those large hoop dresses and wool uniforms? You will also have a chance to look at some of our costume pieces and original 19th century clothing up close to see how they were constructed and cared for.
19th Century Gardening – Home Grown History
Explore how gardening has changed over the last 200 years and what has remained the same. Learn about the gardening techniques used in 1836 and which flowers and plants were popular then. See which plants were grown for medicinal purposes and how they were used. Discover which plants you can still plant today for a fruitful, beautiful and healthy garden. During our outdoor season, select a guided tour of the William Conner House garden devoted to flowers and herbs, or tour the vegetable and medicinal gardens of 1836 Prairietown as a part of your experience.
- $10 (January, February, November, December) or
- $13.00 (March - October)
Conner Prairie strives to provide a fun and educational experience for guests of all abilities. Most, but not all, of the historic buildings are accessible by wheelchair. The Accessibility Map is available during your visit. Wheelchairs are available at the Ticket Desk at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited tram transportation is available. Please notify us before you come if your group has anyone with special needs.