Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie, Fishers: Hours, Address, Conner Prairie Reviews: 4.5/5

Conner Prairie
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Smithsonian Affiliated Museum, that uses innovative ways to present History, Nature, Art, and Science.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Tiffany M
Indianapolis, IN10 contributions
Super living museum of 1800s life
Apr 2021 • Family
A sprawling living museum made possible by Eli Lilly, Connor Prairie gives an interesting glimpse into life around the Civil War time in Indiana. They have many buildings across the property, many of which have been moved onto the property from other parts of Indiana for viewing.

We went on a homeschool day and it was well visited. There were many demonstrations going on to teach visitors about rope making, pottery, animals, and more.

Super interesting and well laid out. Even with COVID restrictions, almost everything was open. The balloon rides are only possible in no or low wind.

We really enjoyed the Indian grounds and the White River overlook. What a beautiful property!
Written April 9, 2021
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Hank H
Virginia412 contributions
Must See: Williamsburg of the Midwest
Oct 2020 • Couples
On a driving trip from Virginia to Missouri, my wife and I looked for interesting sites to visit along the way, found Conner Prairie, and are so glad we stopped here. Much like Williamsburg Virginia, this place is an outdoor extravaganza of period structures staffed by actors in costume who will talk with you in character and answer your questions about life in 1836.

October is the perfect month to visit since there is also a wonderfully designed Corn Maze which will challenge you even with a map. Nothing better than hearing the sound of corn stalks swaying in the breeze, while walking in crisp air under a deep blue sky. Come back at night, if you dare, and walk-through with a headless-horseman and other frights all around you.

Admission price is reasonable and there are plenty of outdoor exhibits to keep you busy for the five hours this place is open, even with COVID protocols fully in place. Our favorite site was the Delaware Indian Village/Trading Post staffed by a real Delaware Chief. If you catch him early in the day and the crowd is thin, he will educate you on many aspects of Indian life. His Trader colleague is also very much the real-deal, and will paint you a rich picture of life on the Frontier as a trader in many goods, not just animal skins. We lost track of time talking with these two fine men and could easily have shared a brewski and kept talking all day long if we were allowed to do so. We are grateful to them both for generously sharing their collective knowledge/experiences.

Food can be ordered from the on-site cafe and the chicken salad is highly recommended.

TIPS:

-Arrive early and be sure to obtain verbal clarity regarding admission to the corn maze, since the website explanation of this option is confusing.

-Finally, there is no better place to spend the night than the Prairie Guest House/B&B across the road. Several of their rooms are big enough to host families with children and the breakfasts are incredible.

Written October 2, 2020
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lynnridge
Fishers, IN173 contributions
Fun Place to Explore
Sep 2020 • Family
Our family of 4 enjoyed an early evening exploring the grounds at Conner Prairie. We live nearly and have a membership. Our girls (9) and (6) enjoyed seeing the farm animals, exploring the treehouse and playing on the new playground equipment. There is a lot to explore if it’s your first time. Plan for several hours and pack a lunch.
Written September 16, 2020
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Becky D
2 contributions
Disappointing Experience
Sep 2020
I had planned this in advance and expected so much more. What they don't announce is that you are not allowed to go in most of the buildings right now. The balloon was not going and that was the main reason i was so interested in coming here. There is no way people should be getting charged full price for what is less than half of the experience. Perhaps in different times (not covid) this is a great tourist attraction, but i left very disappointed.
Written September 8, 2020
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Julie
2 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2020
My adult daughter and I attended Connor Prairie for the first time this past week. We had heard great things and had high expectations, but were very disappointed. Unfortunately most of the building were closed, but this was not reflected in the price or told to us before purchasing tickets. We could peer into some of the buildings, but there was no signage to explain what we were seeing. We did see a scattering of costumed employees, but assumed their numbers were way down. We planned on spending at least three hours at museum, but struggled to spend 1 1/2 hour.
Written August 16, 2020
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Bruce M
22 contributions
Step Back in time
Aug 2019
Conner Prairie is a living history experience of the first order. The grounds an buildings are maintained to a very high standard and the interpreters authentic to the time period. There is something here for visitors of all ages, including an animal barn with a petting experience the youngest will relish. The staff is very friendly. Be sure to visit the potter and blacksmith.
Written February 11, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,372 contributions
Recreating life in the 19th century
Jan 2020
Fishers, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, has come a long way since pharmaceutical executive Eli Lilly purchased the William Conner home and property in 1934. Located 17 miles from downtown Indianapolis, Fishers had a population of 350 in 1963. Today, it numbers over 90,000. Lilly restored the house and opened it to the public as an interactive history park that recreates life in the 19th century along the White River. The William Conner House was built in 1823, a two-story, Federal-style brick residence on the terrace edge of the west fork of the White River. It was the one of the first brick buildings constructed in central Indiana. Conner lived in the house until 1837 and his family lived there until 1871. Subsequent owners lived in the house until 1934 when Lilly purchased the property. The museum grounds are divided into several sections where different historical eras are created in a living timeline. Staff members in historical clothing demonstrate the way early inhabitants of the area lived and performed chores such as cooking, chopping wood, making pottery and tending to animals. Start at the Welcome Center, which contains history and science exhibits, a gift shop, indoor play area, banquet hall, ticket/sales center and workshops that focus on metal working and wood working. There is a functioning barn that houses more than 18 kinds of chickens, goats, sheep, cows, ducks and horses. Other exhibits include the 1863 Civil War Journey, a study of local involvement in the Civil War; Prairietown, a recreation of an 1836 pioneer community; the Lenape Indian Camp; and the 1859 Balloon Voyage, which allows visitors to take a 15-minute ride in a tethered balloon to a height of 377 feet. The museum also offers summer camps and is the summer home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which attracts over 100,000 concertgoers per year. The William Conner Home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Written January 15, 2020
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Sperkar
18 contributions
Special Experience
Jun 2019
Conner Prairie is in Indy area gem. It's an outstanding way for youngsters to explore history, and the camps and the events offered there are traditions for so many.
Written December 5, 2019
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Royrogers77
Shreveport, LA125 contributions
Good but could be GREAT!
Oct 2019
I took a class at Conner Prairie in October and they had very nice facilities. We went on a Saturday afternoon to go through the historical areas and found them interesting and a fun learning experience. However, it could be so much more! With a nice group of people trying to visit on the Saturday we were there, there were a number of buildings, craft areas (like the blacksmith shop) that were closed or no one was there. Fall Saturdays, by all means should have a full complement of staff to give the true picture of the historical significance of Conner Prairie.
Written November 7, 2019
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Danette H
Fishers, IN3 contributions
Fun educational and for everyone
Nov 2019 • Family
Fun,educational and a learning experience for everyone.It helps young kids see how far we've come in history & technology. The older children get to learn how to appreciate where we've been and how blessed they are to have the luxuries they enjoy today.
Written November 6, 2019
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