The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis saw the second-highest visitation in 2015 since it began tracking attendance. Over 1.25 million people visited the museum, just shy of the record set in 2011.
The attendance record remains at 1.27 million visitors. However, the number of member visits to the museum hit a record high in 2015. Over 548,000 members visited the museum last year, up nearly 20,000 visits from the previous high set in 2011.
The museum says the high numbers can be credited to a significant increase in memberships by families and schools. Nearly 190,000 visitors also took advantage of free admission in 2015, making it the third highest-visited year for free visitation days since keeping records.
“We purposefully create a wide variety of high-quality, immersive family learning experiences that necessarily appeal to children and families of all ages. We work hard to make sure our family learning experiences change frequently so that each visit becomes a unique experience,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, museum president and CEO. “We want to capture visitor’s imaginations while encouraging multi-generational learning with rich and robust programs that feature real science, real history, cultural and humanities content.”
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis says it is looking forward to 2016, which will include "another strong lineup of rotating exhibits." Some of the new exhibits will include Alien World & Androids, Fables Across Time and Hot Wheels: Race to Win. A new permanent exhibit will also debut this summer.