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Rhythm! Discovery Center
Ranked #25 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Greenwood, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Since I am a percussionist I enjoyed seeing the history of drums and sound. This is also a great place for children to learn and there are many enter active stations and an area where they can play different drums and experience being a drummer. Many types of drums to view and on Saturday mornings they have a drum circle for everyone. You will see how drums are used in different cultures and their beginnings on up to modern age.

Visited November 2012
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An Interactive and noisy adventure for 3 little boys is just what we needed!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We visited on a Friday morning and we had the place to ourselves. My 2 year old had a blast hitting the bongo drums while my 5 year old thought he was a rock star on the full drum set. We will return when my nephews are in town. Such a great learning environment for all ages.

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Bloomington, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fun experience”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

We went with a 5 yr old, a 6 yr old, and a 9 yr old. They all had a great time (although the 5 year old lost interest before the others.) It's a nice mix of hands-on opportunities and educational displays. Since it's a percussion experience, it's loud, and unfortunately you can hear all the other exhibit areas throughout the facility. It makes it a little hard for a child to really experience the sounds they are creating when it's mixing with everything else that others in the museum are doing. I don't know that there's much to be done about that without having really elaborate soundproof exhibit rooms. Still, the kids had fun and made lots of good music! One poor design factor is that the 'don't touch' exhibits are delineated either by being roped off, or being up on "platforms." For a young child, being up on a low platform does not translate to 'hands off'. Ropes they understand, but exhibits on platforms right next to the drums they could play was really hard to understand. The exhibits on platforms looked just as inviting as the instruments on the floor in front of our next to them. That made for some real battles and resulting disappointment. All in all, though, a great exhibit. Glad we went!

Visited September 2012
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Bloomington, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great for the Whole Family!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

I went to this with my two daughters because they love drums and music. We had a great afternoon together learning, listening, and making music. In fact we went to lunch (there is a Panera Bread right up the escalator) and came back for more. The center is not huge but it is packed with lots to see and do. There are areas for small children to explore as well as more mature displays explaining the history of percussion. My 5 year old loved playing the "real" drum set. I will definitely be going back with my family next time we are in Indianapolis.

Visited July 2012
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Sacramento, California
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place for young children!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

We visited this place after reading about it on a local blog. What a great place to take young children! My 20 month old had a blast and could have played for hours longer if we let her. I didn't have much time to actually read any of the info, we spent the 2 hours we were there playing with all of the instruments that were available. I don't think many people know about this place yet because it wasn't busy at all. Which is even better when you have kids that want to play with everything. I definitely recommend checking this place out! (kids 5 and under are FREE!)

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