Fun & Imaginative Play at Eiteljorg museum of american indians and western art indianapolis indy children kids
My children love imaginative play and the Eiteljorg Museum has a whole area dedicated to imaginative fun for families.

Children will be greeted by a totem pole at the top of the stairs. Come on down to the RB Annis Western Family Experience on the museum’s canal level, – and raise your own large replica totem pole.

Check out some of these amazing family friendly exhibits and experiences the Eitlejorg has to offer:

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Everything Cart: This hands-on cart holds items related to most of the galleries in the museum, including a copy of a Remington bronze you can touch, pot chards and a devil’s claw pod from the Southwest, polar bear fur, snow goggles and porcupine quills.

Totem pole: In the stairwell at the north end of the museum’s main level, you’ll spot a totem pole named The Legend of Wasgo. It is a traditional Haida totem pole that tells the story of Wasgo the Sea Monster. A pole much like this one stood in Indianapolis’ Golden Hill neighborhood in the early 1900s. Learn about our totem pole, then follow the stairs down to find out more about the Northwest Coast and raise a totem pole yourself.

Stagecoach: In the RB Annis Western Family Experience on the museum’s canal level, you can have a seat in a true-to-life stagecoach; try on clothing inspired by the 1800s; build a sod house wall; play a tune on a hammered dulcimer; try your hand at weaving and more, as you explore diverse family stories of the historic and modern West.

Wigwam: Snuggle on a real bear skin in the birch bark wigwam. The second floor Native American Galleries contain objects you might expect- amazing beaded shirts, cradleboards and baskets. But look out for the unexpected!

Theresa Webb (Potawatomi): Meet Teresa Webb (Potawatomi) and hear about Native American culture through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle. Most Saturdays at 1:00 in the Native American gallery on the second floor. Check out our calendar for specific dates.

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During the holidays, don’t miss JINGLE RAILS:
It only takes one day of being snowed in for me to have cabin fever. So I’m ready to hit the town tomorrow. First thing on the list is Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg. This is an absolute must for any family with train lovers…and I just happen to have two train lovers in our family, so this has been a family favorite for quite a few years.

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It’s obvious that Jingle Rails is perfect for any little one who adores trains, but it’s also a very educational piece of art work. With nearly 1,200 feet of tracks, Jingle Rails is a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, which include the national parks of the American West, grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more. And let’s not forget the local treasures such as the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. Plus, all these amazing replicas are made out of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday cheer. You can also get more information and videos for many of the pieces by scanning the QR codes with your smart phone.

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