Both attendance and membership at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis were at all-time highs in 2009: 1.3 million visitors and more than 31,000 members. It's estimated that attendance generated $73.4 million for the local economy. And at a time when retail sales have been down, sales in The Children’s Museum Store were up 25 percent.
New in 2009, aside from the temporary exhibit, "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" were "Take Me There: Egypt" (an international immersion experience) and "Barbie™: The Fashion Experience". The museum also completed a new Welcome Center and a covered Skywalk across Illinois Street.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis' 472,900 square-foot facility on 20 acres houses 11 major galleries.