Attractions offer free admission for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Parks and museums across Indianapolis are opening their doors for free in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The attractions aim to honor King’s legacy of service.

White River State Park attractions will be free to anyone who brings a canned food or non-perishable food donation. Parking is also free for the park attractions which include the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions and IMAX Theater.

Visitors at the Indiana State Museum will be able to see signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment and get a free ticket to the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener if they complete a health screening.

Over the past 15 years, the parks have collected more than 85 tons of non-perishable canned food donations for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Children’s Museum will also offer free admission on Monday. The museum is normally closed on Mondays, but it will open its doors and offer several performances and activities honoring King. The Children’s Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conner Prairie is also offering several special activities for the holiday. Visitors can get in free and enjoy several attractions including a simulation of a Freedom Summer 1964 SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) training session.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be free from 2 to 5 p.m. Indianapolis writers, singers poets and artists will remember King and his legacy. Visitors are encouraged to bring notes of comfort and encouragement and give them to other people at the museum.

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