Free Admission in Indianapolis for Martin Luther King Jr Day | MLK in Indy

Many Indianapolis area kids are out of school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and local museums are offering free admission, plus special 2021 MLK Day programming. These opportunities will help your kids learn and remember the life and legacy of Dr. King. Monday, January 18, 2021 is the big day and we have a full list of the opportunities for Indy area free museum admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021.

Be sure to check out the Kennedy-King Landmark for Peace at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indy.

Free Museum Admission in Indianapolis

Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

  • Sunday, January 17, 2021 (observed.)
  • Advanced ticket reservations required (Free)
  • Due to COVID, the regularly held activities for MLK day will not be held in 2021

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Stories about courageous children from civil rights movement.
  • Music from The Griot Drum Ensemble

Indiana Historical Society

  • Monday, January 18, 2o21
  • Advanced ticket reservations required (free)
  • Pause and reflect as we remember Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. through the power of music.
  • Come enjoy the sounds, and raise your voice as we learn about the anthems of the marches and demonstrations of the Civil Rights era. From spirituals to ballads, these songs are the soundtrack to celebrate the vibrant and resilient heritage of Black Americans.
  • Take a trip back in time to explore music and civil rights in the time of Madam C.J. Walker, the Indianapolis Centennial and the heyday of Gennett Records.
  • Learn how IHS is continuing to preserve stories of marches and demonstrations through Project Take a Stand, and find out how you can learn more about civil rights.

Rhythm Discovery Center

  • CLOSED due to COVID

Free MLK Day Museum Admission at White River State Park

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indiana State Museum

  • Monday, January 18, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm.
  • Visitors are asked to attend during one of the two-hour timeframes (10 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m.) so exhibits can be cleaned during 30-minute breaks. No pre-registration is required, but admission will be first-come, first-served.
  • Human rights activities
  • Dream mural
  • Little ones can visit the preschool and toddler area, Firefly Landing.

NCAA Hall of Fame

  • Monday, January 18, 2021.
  • Please bring a non perishable food item to donate for Gleaners Food Bank

The Indianapolis Zoo at White River State Park

  • Monday, January 18, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm.
  • Donation dip jars will be on site for monetary donations benefitting Gleaner’s Food Bank
  • See some of the animals including sea lions, tigers, walrus, brown bears and others.
  • Duck in to the indoor exhibits; Oceans, Dolphin Dome, Deserts Dome, Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and Hilbert Conservatory.
  • Watch the Dolphin Show.
  • A $5 combo meal is available for purchase

Free Museum Admission in Hamilton County

Conner Prairie

See the full list of all of the Indianapolis free museum admission days.

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