Monday, August 4, 2008

Super-hero exhibit at the Children's Museum (Indianapolis)

Anyone traveling through Indianapolis, Indiana anytime soon should stop by the Children's Museum (the largest in the world, folks!) for the new Comic Book Heroes exhibit on display until next May. It features the very impressive 19,000+ comic book collection of the late Max Simon (local collector), as well as costumes and props from many super-hero movies. Warner Bros. has also loaned the museum one of the Tumblers from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. (You can look at it, but can't sit in it, unfortunately.) It's an impressive exhibit, well worth seeing.

Heck, the museum is worth seeing even without the super-hero exhibit (especially if you like dinosaurs!). This is an absolutely HUGE museum, and it contains tons of exhibits, including a full-sized locomotive that you can sit in, and a real, working, antique carousel on the top floor that you can ride. Whether or not you have kids, this museum is definitely a must. If you DON'T have kids and would rather avoid them, I recommend visiting the museum during a weekday, when kid volume is low. Following are some images from the museum.

Spidey greets people at the entrance to the comic book exhibit (which is absolutely HUGE, and laid out very nicely):

A life-sized Silver Surfer from a movie premiere display of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer:

The Tumbler, complete with Batcave:

Here's part of the DinoSphere exterior, with its full-sized dinosaur statues. The sphere itself houses many impressive dinosaur skeletons and exhibits:

This humongous sculpture (five stories high) is known as the Fireworks of Glass. Yes, it is completely made of glass. Who says you can't have breakables around kids?


SallyP said...

That looks amazing. I love museums.

FoldedSoup said...

That's definitely worth a stop, if I'm ever in the area.. Thanks!

Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

Is that a Chihuley sculpture? OKC has one like it, only 4 stories high. That's all blown glass.

Sea_of_Green said...

Well spotted, Dwayne! That is indeed a Chihuley sculpture -- the largest permanent structure he's done so far.

Sarah said...

Wow! Thanks for the great review! We had a blast creating the Comic Book Heroes exhibit (if you couldn't tell) and are so glad it's a hit! Thanks again!

S. Cole, Mgr Special and Temp Exhibits, Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Sea_of_Green said...

Thank YOU for putting together such a marvelous exhibit, Sarah. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors! :-)

Sea_of_Green said...

Thank YOU for doing such a marvelous job on the exhibit, Sarah! Best wishes to you in your future endeavors. :-)