While searching for family vacation destinations and summer adventures this season, consider digging with archaeologists through ancient Egyptian artifacts, diving into the coasts of the Dominican Republic to uncover a buried pirate mystery or even discovering the hidden army of Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China…all in one day. Tough to imagine considering the vast distance among each destination, but with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ new “Treasures of the World” exhibit, this expansive adventure becomes a reality.
I was extremely excited to have the honor of viewing the exhibit before the opening day and to enjoy being a kid while on the job. Being 22 in a children’s museum, I was astounded at how much I learned throughout my visit to the new exhibit – even the 3-D puzzles and interactive games were a challenge for me! Not only will visitors be able to dig up artifacts throughout the display, but will also dig up knowledge and information in a fun and interactive way.
The “Treasures of the World” exhibit officially opened to the public June 11 and is an excellent educational experience for children and adults of all ages during the summer months of freedom from textbooks and school supplies. The adventure begins with the Treasures Transport ride that transfers visitors to the entrance of three different archaeological sites: the ancient Egyptian ruins, Captain Kidd’s shipwreck site and the Terra Cotta Warrior site. Each site enlightens visitors about how these discoveries were made (many of them being uncovered by “accidental archaeologists” who were digging for something completely different), the processes that these individuals took to uncover additional discoveries and how they preserved their findings after the items were revealed.
The exhibit allowed us to endure the same processes that archaeologists from across the globe experience in their everyday work environment. Real artifacts and objects displayed within the exhibit gave me not only a closer look, but a greater feel of how archaeologists work. Interactive activities line the exhibit in each section, including interactive show walls, 3-D puzzles of burial findings, a digging activity that allows children to use the same tools archaeologists use to dig up their findings and many other opportunities to feel like archaeologist for a day. Unlike actual archaeological sites, the majority of artifacts in the museum can be touched and made my experience that much more personalized.
During the summer months, the Children’s Museum is open daily through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ticket prices range from $11.50 to $16.50 depending on age. Tickets may also be purchased online, through the Customer Service Center at 800.820.6214, or at the museum Box Office.