Friday, February 17, 2012

Amazing Maize at the Indiana State Museum

We're beginning to venture beyond the world of children's museums with our Arrows. (Don't get me wrong, we LOVE a good kid's museum, and you'll be hearing a lot more about them in the weeks to come!) The key for us so far has been to find museums that still have plenty of hands-on experiences to keep Big Arrow interested and engaged.

Amazing Maize at the Indiana State Museum not only teaches adults all about corn (its history and future, uses, industry, etc.), but keeps kids entertained with a variety of activities. I wrote about Amazing Maize for Visit Indiana here. Here are a few of Big Arrow's favorite features:

Mashing corn:

Pulling corn (to simulate the weight of a silo).

Riding tractors, both new...

... and old.

If You Visit:Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to p.m.
Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-12.
Amazing Maize will be at the museum through January 20, 2013.

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to the Indiana State Museum. I was under no obligation to write about my time at the museum, and all opinions expressed are my own.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.


  1. I would think that those tractors are very popular with little boys!

  2. Doesn't really look like a "grown-up" museum at all - too much fun stuff for kids!!

  3. This looks like a wonderful and interesting museum to visit with kids. The tractors alone would keep them busy. Though, mashing corn would be a great way for everyone too.

  4. I want to drive that new tractor, although based on my past experiences with farm vehicles they'd be well advised not to let me.
    I am curious though....Why would you mash corn?

  5. Steve, come to the museum to see the answer to your question ;)
    Actually, the corn pounder has been used for thousands of years in MesoAmerica to pound corn into flour to make tortillas, etc.