Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around Dr.King’s birthday, January 15. This year Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 16 this year.
To commemorate this day, several museums are opened and offer free admission on MLK Day in Indianapolis.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy at The Children’s Museum
3000 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
10AM – 5PM
White River State Park will celebrate at all its parks attractions: Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX® Theater, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA® Hall of Champions and Victory Field … receive free admission and free parking on Jan. 18, with a canned good donation (one can per person, per attraction). In partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, your canned food donation will help families in needs and food pantries. “Last year, the drive collected the equivalent of nearly 17,700 meals for us to distribute to food pantries and programs that feed our hungry neighbors during the coldest months of the year!” according to Gleaners CEO Cynthia Hubert.
Indianapolis Zoo – FREE
Check animals and see the dolphin show (presentations are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). The zoo is opened from 9am to 4pm Monday. Buy your tickets online.
1200 West Washington Street
Watch the IMAX® film “Hubble” for free. Grab tickets early as there are limited seats available. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m
Indiana State Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the museum celebrates the legacy of equal rights in America. Watch films with Dr. King’s speeches at the museum. Free admission to the museum with a non-perishable food item. The Indiana State Museum is opened from 10am to 5pm.
650 West Washington Street
Last chance to experience Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind G-scale train experience featuring the Vegas Strip, Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite, the Golden Gate Bridge, Soldiers and Sailors Monument and much more. Named a USA Today “10 Best” Indy holiday attraction in 2014. Free admission to the Eiteljorg Museum with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. The Eiteljorg Museum Museum is opened from 10am to 5pm.
500 West Washington Street
NCAA Hall of Champions
Watch the “Game of Change,” a film featuring a historic basketball game in 1963 where Mississippi State disregarded an unwritten Mississippi rule against playing integrated teams, at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Showtimes at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
700 West Washington Street
Grab a complimentary ticket to Opening Night at Victory Field on April 6th courtesy of the Indianapolis Indians when you get a free health screenings thanks to Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Indians at the Indiana State Museum. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., nurses will also be available to discuss the importance of primary and preventive care.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Seven ISO musicians, led by violinists Sherry Hong and Charles Morey, will take listeners on a poetic journey through an intimate performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. This performance will take place in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital.
From 12pm- 1pm
720 Eskenazi Avenue
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Spend the afternoon at the IMA and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear Indy poets, singers and artists speak of love. Practice mindfulness, relieve anxiety through a large group meditation, and engage with others through activities and random acts of kindness. Donations can include non-perishable food items, toiletries and school supplies for the MLK Community Center.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
4000 North Michigan Road
Rhythm! Discovery Center
Rhythm! Discovery Center is partnering with Indianapolis Jazz Foundation & NAMM Foundation to offer a special performance by Jazz Trio & 2011 IJF Hall of Fame inductees Allen Burke, Steve Weakley & Gene Markiewicz. Performance is from 11am-12pm. Free admission all day from 10am – 5pm
110 W. Washington St.
Still want to commemorate Martin Luther King, but can’t make it out? Here are some other things to do:
- Read books (picture books for little ones) and materials which are written about Dr.King or the Civil Rights era.
- Do a craft or worksheet. Here are some ideas on Pinterest.
Things to Do on MLK day in Indianapolis
Harlem Globetrotters – Saturday, January 14, 2017
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
12 p.m.–2 p.m. Cost – $26 – $128