2020 Summer Season

It's time to visit, explore and step into the story this summer at Conner Prairie!

Our historic interpreters are excited to meet you outside in areas that you have come to know and love, like Prairietown! You'll also have opportunities to participate in special outdoor experiences at Animal Encounters, Lenape Indian Camp, the William Conner House and other spaces across our grounds.

Masks are mandatory inside of buildings, bathrooms, admission check-in, and where social distancing isn’t possible.

Ticket Procedures

  • Conner Prairie is implementing timed general admission tickets ONLINE ONLY  beginning June 8, 2020 for admission to the museum beginning June 16, 2020. Tickets will be available for two sessions: Morning (10am-1pm) and Afternoon (1:30pm-4:30pm). Each session will have a capacity of approximately 600 tickets and guests will be permitted to enter anytime during their chosen session. At 1pm, the grounds will be cleared to allow our Facilities team an opportunity to clean our grounds.
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Member Only Days - Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm, beginning June 16, 2020
    • General Public Days - Thursday -Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm OR 1:30pm-4:30pm, beginning June 18, 2020 -open to general public and members.
    • Family Night - Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm, beginning June 18, 2020 - open to general public and members. Same experience as is offered during the day. Same ticket rates apply.
      • 1859 Balloon Voyage is scheduled to fly, weather permitting
  • Ticket Prices
    • Tickets: Adults/ $18, Seniors 65+/$17, Youth 2-12/$13 (advance online only)
    • Group tickets (15 guests or more): Adult/$14 and Youth/$9. All groups will be required to have a capacity of 25 or less and remain as a group during visit. Thursday-Sunday only; reservations in advance required. Call Guest Services at (317) 776-6000 or email groups@connerprairie.org
    • Access Pass Cardholders with ID: $2 at gate
    • Military Cardholders with ID: Free admission for Military personnel, Military Adult/$9 and Military Youth/$6.50 at gate

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

Members: Advance online tickets must be printed and ready for scanning at the Entrance Check In gate. Member cards and photo ID are required. 

Guests: Advance online tickets must be printed and ready for scanning at the Entrance Check In gate.

 

Will I be able to re-enter?

No. The Welcome Center will be closed; please follow the Entrance and Check In signs after parking. Once admitted at the Entrance outside admission gates, there will be no re-entry.

Will there be food available?

Yes. The Cafe on the Commons will be open with credit card only orders. You may also bring in a picnic lunch and blanket and eat on the Amphitheater lawn. Please keep your belongings with you at all times during your visit.

Which forms of payment will be accepted?

Conner Prairie will only accept credit card payments, no cash accepted.

Will I be able to rent a stroller or wagon?

No. Stroller and wagon rental will not be available at this time, please plan accordingly. Wheelchair rental will be available; limited quantities.

Can I use any coupons while I'm there?

No. In order to minimize exchange of items between guests and staff, coupons will not be honored during this time. 

Does my membership still include a full year even with the closure?

Yes. We know our members have lost time due to our unexpected closure, and we want to reassure you that you can still enjoy a full year of visits with your membership. We have extended all memberships that were active or purchased during our closure by three months. This extension has already been applied automatically, and no action is required on your part. Although we will not be sending out new membership cards, your existing cards will still work for three months beyond the printed expiration date. We can't wait to see you again!

Safety Protocols

  • Mask Requirements for staff & guests - Conner Prairie will display signage asking guests to comply with CDC recommendations regarding wearing of masks. All front-line, guest-facing staff will wear masks and be separated from guests by a barrier placing them greater than 6ft-26ft from guests.
  • Restrooms/Mom's Rooms - Staff and guests will have access to public restrooms located on our grounds that will be regularly cleaned. Additionally, Conner Prairie's grounds will be cleared of guests from 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. daily and from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons for cleaning. The Welcome Center Mom's Room and River Crossing Mom's Room will be made available by request to families in need of changing and breastfeeding locations.
  • Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the grounds.
  • Grounds Patrol - Conner Prairie staff will be located inside and outside the museum to answer questions, encourage social distancing, monitor access to areas and provide general customer service.
  • Food and Beverage - outdoor lunch locations will be located on our map around Clowes Commons and Featherston Barn for families and group picnics. Our Cafe on the Commons will provide food and beverages within guidance from governmental officials.
  • Store - Conner Prairie Store will operate in a tented location adjacent to Heartland Barn, similar to Headless Horseman.
  • Weather/Emergencies - In the event of bad weather or an emergency that would require guests to otherwise move indoors - all guests and staff will be instructed to shelter in cars.
  • Conner Prairie will only accept credit card payments for all transactions, no cash accepted.

Entry Procedures

Our Welcome Center and Conner Prairie Tram will not operate at this time. To gain entry to our grounds, all members and guests will enter through our Symphony Gates with their printed advance tickets.

Upon entry, guests will be given a map providing details of our modified experience areas. Most of our outdoor experiences will be open with some elements closed. River Crossing will remain closed until permitted to reopen by the City of Fishers.

1859 Balloon Voyage
Conner Prairie festivals

Ticketing 

  • All flights for the 1859 Balloon Voyage are limited to 12 passengers or less. If passengers arrive and are waiting in line to board prior to 15 minutes of their flight time, they will be directed to a designated area outside of the normal boarding entrance. No food or drink will be permitted in the waiting area.
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