Cardboard Engineering

650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204



May 25 to May 27

Bring your child – or just your own inner child – to experience this 3,000-square-foot play space stocked with cardboard boxes of all sizes, cardboard pieces large and small, more colorful tape than you could possibly use, markers, safety scissors and much more.

Safety scissors

What can you create using just these materials?

Explore how real world objects are built. Then, use your own creativity, imagination and problem solving skills to create the largest piece in the room, or challenge your friends or family to a friendly competition and create the largest, smallest or most creative item in the play space. Try building something from scratch or even build on what other visitors have left behind – it’s all up to you!

Feeling especially adventurous? Study and mimic treasures displayed in special cases.

Do the folds in the ancient samurai armor make it stronger? Add folds to your piece to find out! Or add wacky shapes and colors like the ones found in a Michael Graves mailbox (hint: could you replicate those columns by rolling pieces of cardboard?). Check out fossils, crystals and other wild objects from nature and mimic the details in your masterpiece.

From within our own collection, fascinating objects from fossils and toys to armor and fashion will teach us how engineering techniques are used in everyday objects. Come back every three months to see new treasures!

Before or after engineering your own masterpiece, grab a pair of 3-D glasses, a bag of popcorn, and see the awe-inspiring "Dream Big 3-D" documentary, opening at the Indiana State Museum IMAX Theater in November.

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, "Dream Big" celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

Included with general admission.

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