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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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3000 N. Meridian St., P.O. Box 3000, Indianapolis, IN 46206
Venue Phone: 317-334-4000
Event Phone: 317-334-3322
Tickets Phone: 317-334-4000



January 20, 2014 to January 16, 2017

The Children's Museum will offer a free admission day.

Celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with family activities including tech time, photos, coloring, energetic and engaging percussion music from the Griot Drum Ensemble, storyteller Portia Jackson talking about the civil rights movement, the Freetown Village singing troupe, the Ruby Bridges story, and more.


  • MLK Day Family Activity - Tech Time - infoZone, 10-11 am. Come try out some of infoZone’s new technology.
  • I Have A Dream Too! - infoZone, 2-4 pm. MLK had a dream of equality for all people, what is your dream? Celebrate MLK Day by creating a photo to share your dream.
  • Portrait of Peace, 2-4 pm. Create a watercolor portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Griot Drum Ensemble Performances - Lilly Theater, 10:30 am and 11:45 am. Enjoy energetic & engaging percussion music as the Griot Drum Ensemble performs authentic traditional West African and Diaspora drumming. Free tickets available at the Lower Level Ticket Booth.
  • Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm. Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she tells tales of courageous children in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Freetown Village Singing Troupe - Sunburst Atrium, 1-2 pm. Experience vibrant vocal performances from Freetown Village, a living history museum representing the men and women of the many African American communities throughout Indiana in the years following the end of the Civil War.
  • Ruby’s Story - The Power of Children, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm. Escorted by federal marshals, Ruby Bridges walked through angry, threatening crowds to get to her first-grade classroom. Hear the people that Ruby inspired tell her story in this live theatrical performance.
  • Ruby Bridges Sound and Light Show - The Power of Children, 11:10 am, 12:40 pm, 1:10 pm, 3:10 pm, 3:40 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:40 pm. Discover how Ruby Bridges faced the unimaginable in a five-minute film that showcases aspects of her story.

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