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The spotlight is shining even brighter on Indianapolis this week. Not only is the NFL’s Championship game taking place; but, contributor Larry Olmsted ranked The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis at the top of the 12 best children’s museums in the U.S.

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"This honor for The Children’s Museum comes during a very exciting time as we showcase the best of our city on a world stage, " said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. "We are proud to be recognized as a leading institution among children’s museums for our work to create extraordinary learning experiences across the sciences, arts and humanities that transform the lives of children and families. This ranking demonstrates another example of Indianapolis as a world-class city and we are proud to bring this recognition to our city and the Museum."

According to the Olmsted, "a good museum can be a real lifesaver, and in some cases, the very best can even be the cornerstone of an entire vacation." In the article, Olmsted writes that at The Children’s Museum "families could easily spend two days exploring this Indianapolis behemoth, frequently ranked the best children’s museum in the United States, " and that "in most cities its signature Dinosphere exhibit would be an entire museum unto itself, but this is just one of many major exhibitions."

A contributor to, Olmsted writes that he has "been traveling the world as a journalist and passionate lover of all things fun for nearly 20 years" and "loves every kind of travel, active, cultural and leisurely."

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is ranked with 11 other children’s museums including the Boston Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, COSI: Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, OH, and The Strong Museum in Rochester, NY.

In 2011, The Children’s Museum celebrated a record breaking year with an attendance record of 1.27 million visitors. The annual Haunted House also brought in a 20-year record of more than 65, 000 visitors during its late-October run. The museum was also ranked as a top 10 museum by several leading news outlets including AOL Travel News, Parents Magazine, Trekaroo and The Children’s Museum was also honored with new awards including the Governor’s Arts Award, the 2011 Accessibility Award from the Mayor of the city of Indianapolis and an ARTI Award presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis recognizing local businesses, corporations and individuals for their extraordinary commitment to the arts.

About The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, sciences and humanities. For more information about The Children’s Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and

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