Living With Purpose

One male and two female residents posing in their wheelchairs in front of the Eiteljorg Museum sign in Indianapolis, Indiana.
By Team Trilogy |

Looking for an excuse to get off your couch, unglue yourself from your T.V., and go on an adventure? Pay a visit to your local museum! Contrary to what you may have heard, museums aren’t boring, dusty buildings – they’re chock-full of national treasures, amazing inventions, and heart-pounding stories of exploration and discovery! National Museum Day is September 24th, and we have a list of unique museums that those in our communities can enjoy with a loved one. Some museums in your area are even offering two free tickets in honor of National Museum Day! All you have to do is search this map for participating museums in your area and download the free ticket!

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – Indianapolis, Indiana
Discover our country’s history, long before any ships came to our shores. This museum collects and preserves Western and Native American art and cultural objects. Their collection has been ranked among the world’s best. Above, you’ll see our residents enjoying a photo in front of their sign, anxiously awaiting the treasures inside!

Indiana Medical History Museum – Indianapolis, Indiana   
Located on the grounds of the formal Central State Hospital in Indianapolis, the Indiana Medical History Museum offers guided tours that allow guests to see the beginnings of modern medicine! Adult tickets are only $10, and seniors over 65 get a dollar off the regular price!

Kokomo Automotive Museum – Kokomo, Indiana 
Journey through time and learn about the United States’ automotive history from horseless carriages to the Ford Model T to muscle cars of the 1960s, and everything in between! Warning: Visitors may suddenly feel the need for speed!

Indiana University’s Eskenazi Museum of Art – Bloomington, Indiana  
This FREE museum on Indiana University’s beautiful campus showcases more than 45,000 works of art. There’s always something new to do and see here, so check out their calendar of events.

The History Museum of South Bend – South Bend, Indiana 
The second oldest historical society in Indiana displays photographs, architectural blueprints, manuscripts, business documents, newspapers, scrapbooks, and so much more! Learn about Indiana’s rich history for $8 for adults and $6.50 for seniors over 60.

Carnegie Center for Art and History – New Albany, Indiana
At The Carnegie Center, art and history are combined to provide a unique and moving museum experience. Spend a day wandering the hallways and making discoveries! Admission is free!

Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum – East Lansing, Michigan
If you’re a fan of the avant-garde, this museum, dedicated to “exploring contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of international artists” is right up your alley! Admission is FREE!

The American Civil War Museum of Ohio – Tiffin, Ohio
Revisit a time when we were a country divided. This museum includes eight exhibit rooms with hands-on exhibits to further your knowledge of the Civil War! Adult tickets are only $6 and seniors over 55 only pay $5.

National Museum of the US Air Force – Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
Visit the oldest and largest military aviation museum on earth! Located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, this museum is both educational and fun for all ages! The best part? Entry is always FREE!

The Muhammad Ali Center – Louisville, Kentucky
What fueled one of the greatest athletes and humanitarians of all time? Pay a visit to the Muhammad Ali Center to find out! Admission is only $9 for adults and $8 for seniors over 65.