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Rhythm! Discovery Center

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Address: 110 W Washington St Ste A, Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3423
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+1 317-275-9030
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world's foremost interactive drum and...

The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world's foremost interactive drum and percussion museum providing innovative programs; interactive, standards-based educational exhibits and artist performances. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, the Center offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society. Walking through the visually captivating exhibit rooms and performance venue, guests are invited to fulfill their dreams of being a percussionist.

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Great place for kids (and Dad too)

We wanted a place to spend our afternoon in Indianapolis that our 3 year old and 1 year old would enjoy that wouldn't cost a fortune. The Rhythm! Discover Center fit the bill... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted a place to spend our afternoon in Indianapolis that our 3 year old and 1 year old would enjoy that wouldn't cost a fortune. The Rhythm! Discover Center fit the bill perfectly. Kids under 5 and under are free and while the the Discovery Center isn't that big, there's enough to do that you could easily spend an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Discovery Center for jazz concert. What a treat! As evidenced by large number of parents with kids, this is place is not just for percussion fans. Interesting displays on all types of drums, history of drumming and technology behind the sounds. Fun to see drum kits from bands of the past and how science has influenced sounds of today.... More 

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Thank Vincent C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

I spent 45 minutes in this museum, but I didn't play the drums! You are invited to play, and if you do you could spend a lot more time. The collection includes African, Polynesian and Western drums. The older stuff is roped off but modern drums can be played. There is a very nice display showing the evolution of electronic... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Down below street level, below the Arts Garden that bridges over a downtown intersection, is the Rythm Discovery Center. Never suspected it was there until a friend suggested I visit. Wow! As a music lover, this is a really great, unique experience. Very interesting historic and ethnic drum exhibits, but the best part is that you get to PLAY with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Had SUCH a great time with my 4 kiddos, ages 2, 5, 7, 9, & hubby. It was surprisingly affordable for our crew, hubby got a discount for being a student. I am a drummer & my kiddos share the same love, but it would be enjoyable for anyone! Just make a point to go sans headache, and I recommend... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

As a percussionist, I've been looking forward to visiting this place for years. Finally got the chance to take my kids there this week. They loved the hands-on aspect...especially the sound-proof rooms letting them pound away. Myself, as a trained percussionist, was let down by the experience - it could've been so much better. The condition of the hands-on exhibits... More 

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We attended a wedding and reception at the Rhythm Discovery Center but enjoyed touring the center and playing instruments while we were there. This has to go on a must visit list for visitors to downtown Indianapolis as well as field trips for pre-schoolers through serious high school age musicians. The history provided is great and the hands on opportunities... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

I took some young friends and we all had fun. We were between 10 - 55 years old and everyone liked it. Lots of chances to play about any kind of percussion instrument you can thing of. We were there at a slow time so there wasn't any waiting. It's self guided. I think it would have been even better... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

As a musician, this was a fun way to kill an hour or two. Love that it's 95% hands-on and also very educational in its historical facts. Only downside? It was much smaller than I thought it was going to be.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Great way to learn about percussion and drumming while experiencing it first hand. Great way to try out many different instruments! Nice gift shop with lots of different offerings. No food or drinks are allowed so go to Panera (located upstairs) after you see the museum. 😉

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