News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 28, 2012

Museum offers discounted admission; preps new areas


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Children’s Museum has been busy adding new exhibits to sections of its third floor, and those changes will be unveiled Saturday. As the museum puts the finishing touches on these exhibit areas, the third floor will be closed through Friday. Museum admission will be discounted to $5 for adults and children age 2 and over. Children under the age of 2 and museum members are admitted to the museum for free.

When the third floor reopens on Saturday, guests will find a bigger WTHCM television studio, an expanded construction area, the re-themed Flight Deck and an all-new Critter Corner, featuring live animals.

At the WTHCM Studio, guests will be on TV as either a meteorologist or a news anchor, all while learning about a working television studio and the weather around us. The new construction area will give guests a “behind the walls” look at how a house works and give kids a chance to build some things themselves. The re-themed Flight Deck will bridge-the-gap between flying animals and flying machines. And at Critter Corner, children will have the opportunity to get up-close to a snake, frogs, a lizard, a salamander, a tarantula and even hissing cockroaches.

In addition to the new exhibit areas, there is also exciting mural project that is in progress on the third floor. David Erickson, a retired faculty member from Indiana State University’s art department, is the artist and supervisor for the 8-foot, 4-inch by 40-foot, 6-inch creation titled “Flightful Fantasy: We can fly, we can fly.” The mural is made possible by a partnership between The Gilbert Wilson Memorial Mural Project, Indiana State University’s Energize Downtown initiative and the museum.

The museum also will unveil a third book nook. To help encourage children to pick up a book and make reading more enjoyable, the Children’s Museum partnered with Altrusa International of Terre Haute to add reading nooks throughout the museum. The nooks include bookshelves, seating and books to read, and have design elements that tie in to the museum’s exhibit areas. Two of the nooks already have been installed, and the third book nook will be installed near the Museum’s renovated construction area.

The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is at Eighth Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (812) 235-5548 or visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com. More information can also be found on the Museum’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/terrehautechildrensmuseum.