Many Indianapolis area kids are out of school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and local museums are offering free admission, plus special MLK Day programming. These opportunities will help your kids learn and remember the life and legacy of Dr. King. Monday, January 21st 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.

Free Museum Admission in Indianapolis

Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

  • Sunday, January 20th.
  • Please bring a non perishable food item, personal care items or art supplies to donate.
  • Local artists speak LOVE through poetry, music, and dance.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Monday, January 21st
  • Stories about courageous children from civil rights movement.
  • A Drum ensemble will perform.

Indiana Historical Society

  • Monday, January 21st
  • Madame Walker events will take place here since the Walker Theatre is being renovated.
  • Homelessness service day where families can help pack supplies and learn about homelessness.

Rhythm Discovery Center

  • Monday, January 21st, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Enjoy the galleries and find your own rhythm.
  • Clint Breeze and The Groove perform at 2PM.
  • Free admission to the Rhythm Discovery Center.

Free MLK Day Museum Admission at White River State Park

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Indiana State Museum

  • Monday, January 21st.
  • Please bring a non perishable food item to donate for Gleaners Food Bank.
  • Highlights from King speeches will be featured throughout the day.
  • Human rights activities
  • Dream mural

NCAA Hall of Fame

  • Monday, January 21st.
  • Please bring a non perishable food item to donate for Gleaners Food Bank

The Indianapolis Zoo at White River State Park

  • Monday, January 21st.
  • Please bring a non perishable food item to donate for Gleaners 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.

Free Museum Admission in Hamilton County

Conner Prairie

MLK Day Celebration at Garfield Park Indianapolis

  • Monday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Meet at the Garfield Park Arts Center to learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Create a craft in the art room.
  • This is a free, all ages event.
  • 2432 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis, IN

Kennedy King Park Center MLK Event

  • Monday, January 21st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free, all ages event.
  • Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping others through a Day of Service at the Kennedy King Park Center, located in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
  • Watch video of the historic speech delivered in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968, hear from someone who was in the park during that speech.
  • Participate in a “Love and Peace” art project, and assemble Street Outreach Survival Kits on behalf of Horizon House.
  • Kennedy King Park Center, 601 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, IN

2019 Dr. King Day of Service at Watkins Park

  • Monday, January 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Volunteers are invited to help with various indoor and outdoor projects to support the Watkins Park Family Center, and the neighborhoods along Edgemont Ave.
  • Free, all ages event.
  • Watkins Family Park, 2360 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Street, Indianapolis, IN

MLK Day Self-guided Hike at Eagle Creek Park

  • Monday, January 21, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Test your knowledge on a self-guided MLK Day Hike. Pick up a quiz at the Earth Discovery Center and head out for an easy ½ mile hike to see if you can discover the answers.
  • Enjoy the peace of the forest in winter as you read some of Martin Luther King’s many memorable words and learn about his life and legacy.
  • Free. No park admission fees on this day.
  •  7840 W. 56th St, Indianapolis, IN