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Holiday Events at Museums
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis creates holiday displays each year.
Photo © The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Many museums pull out all the stops during the holiday season. Special programs and exhibits, greenery and twinkling lights make museum visits especially memorable during the holiday season. Don't confine your explorations to children's museums; you can find holiday events at all types of museums.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. It's a wonderful destination at any time of year, but the museum's annual Jolly Days celebration will delight the young and young at heart. Slide down the two-story Yule Slide with your grandchild (it's fun!), check out the Ice Fishing Shack and pay a visit to the Jolly Old Elf himself.

Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art sets up a 250 square foot Nativity scene from Naples each year. Called a presepio or presepe in Italian, this type of Nativity scene features figures of people from every walk of life, complete with the tools of their trades, farm animals and working waterwheels, all in miniature. The Carnegie Museum of Art was named one of the top five art museums for children by Child magazine; don't forget to look into the museum's kid-friendly programs.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, creates a holiday wonderland each year. The library's Christmas Around the World exhibit features 26 Christmas trees decorated to represent the countries President Reagan visited, White House scrapbooks and a display of menorahs given to the President during his White House years.

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