Additional Group Activities

History Up Close Programs

Connect with your group by sharing in one of our exciting group programs—some in air-conditioned comfort! Your group will take part in an interactive, one-hour presentation on the topic of your choice. Your topic may be presented in the Welcome Center or on the historic grounds by a member of our award-winning staff. One-hour programs and tours can be scheduled anytime during regular operating hours by reservation two weeks in advance.


History Up Close

$9 per guest; 15 person minimum, 25 person maximum unless noted

History Up Close + a visit to the historic grounds

$20 per guest: Experience our History Up Close program, and then explore our historic grounds on your own.


Threads of Time: Historic Textiles

Learn how textiles were produced in the 19th century and watch the fascinating processes of spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Examine quilts and coverlets of the past.
(50 person maximum)

19th-Century Clothing: 100 Years of Fashion

Chat with Conner Prairie's historic clothing coordinator and get up to speed on the changing fashions of the 1800s. Discover how we bring these styles to life in our historic areas.
(50 person maximum)

Vault Tour

Have you ever been curious about Conner Prairie’s antiques? Some are part of the Conner House and Prairietown’s furnishings, some are used as templates to create reproductions, and some belonged to William Conner and Eli Lilly.  Find out more from our artifact collections staff as they give you the tour and  discover how the artifacts contribute to your experiences at Conner Prairie.

Home-Grown History: Heirloom Gardening

Explore our gardens and discover flowers, herbs and vegetables of the 19th century. Select a guided tour of the Conner House garden devoted to flowers and herbs, or discover the vegetable and medicinal gardens of 1836.

What Is That? Artifact Identification

Become a historical private eye and try to determine the usage of selected artifacts from our collections. Lift, touch and examine each item. Find the true nature of each object and learn how it was actually used. Let us plan the perfect day for you and your group. Email grouptours@connerprairie.orgcall 317-776-6000 or fax 317-776-6243.
(50 person maximum)


Group Guided Architectural Tours of the William Conner House and 1836 Prairietown

Join us for this 90-minute group guided walking tour where we discuss the origin and history of the William Conner House and the buildings in 1836 Prairietown.  Filled with behind the scenes information, including original construction dates and relocation history, this is sure to please both history buffs and lovers of architecture.

When your tour ends, your group ticket allows you to stay and visit our experience areas for the remainder of the day.  Wind your way back through Prairietown, experience it as a “visiting traveler”, or cross the covered bridge and experience our 1863 Civil War Journey. You may also want take a flight in our 1859 Balloon Voyage (additional cost and weather dependent).

$17 per person for groups of 15 or more (includes a ticket to visit our historic grounds after the tour).

To reserve your Group Guided Tour and plan your visit, call Guest Services at 317-776-6000.
*Please note; this program does require walking and standing for 90 minutes.