In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, many local museums are offering FREE admission to the community on Monday, January 18! Bear in mind free always means busier, but free also means FREE! Go visit a museum you don’t normally frequent, and enjoy special activities available only today in honor of Dr. King.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers free admission all day. In addition to free admission to the regular exhibits, you can enjoy storytelling, activities, and special performances by Griot Drum Ensemble.

The Indiana State Museum offers free admission with a canned food donation. Again there will be special activities to honor Dr. King.*

Eiteljorg Museum is free with a canned food donation. This is the last day to see their Jingle Rails train exhibit for the season, a must for any train lover in your family.*

Go shoot some hoops at the NCAA Hall of Champions, where admission is also free with a canned food donation. If you haven’t been here yet, it is a hidden treasure downtown. Find out what we thought.*

The Indianapolis Zoo will also offer free admission with a canned food donation. Though it might be a little cold, you can take advantage of the zoo’s many indoor activities including the Dolphin Dome and Oceans, and check out some of the animals that enjoy cold weather like the polar bears and walrus.*

At the Indiana History Center you will have free admission and be able to participate in the National Day of Service by helping pack care packages for Wheeler Mission. You will also have the opportunity to learn about some of the History Center’s collection items that highlight Indiana’s African American communities.

Head up to Conner Prairie for a free day learning about MLK and the power of peaceful protest. Learn about freedom songs and the power of music in present-day protests with the Asante Children’s Theatre. Remember, though we think of Conner Prairie as an outdoor museum, they have many cool activities in the welcome center.

On Sunday, January 17, you can visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art for their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for free. From 1-4 you can see poets and performers speaking of love, curated with Old Soul Entertainment. The Department of Public Words will be on site to facilitate a making experience on the power of positive words and labels.

*For all venues requiring a canned food donation, you need at least one can per person, per venue, for free admission.