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Take in Sacred Journeys at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

It’s no secret that I’m a regular visitor to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The combination of living 15 minutes away, having a child living at home and a membership card in my wallet makes it an easy decision … every time! Last week I actually¬† headed there on back to back days (crazy I know). Once with a field trip and once to visit the new exhibit we didn’t have time to hit – Sacred Journeys.2015-12-18 12.39.49This exhibit will be on display until February and if you get a chance it is worth the time to visit. Some things I learned and saw during my most recent visit …

Each year, more than 330 million people around the world journey to a sacred place.  These journeys may include the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Great Mosque in Mecca, the Ganges River in India, Bodh Gaya in India where Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. This exhibit lets you experience a piece of those destinations with photography (from National Geographic no less!) and exhibits that allow you to observe, learn and begin to understand some of these unique places all over the world.

We got to touch a large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem … 2015-12-18 12.48.57editedWe saw a sand creation based on a Buddhist ritual (yes … that is sand – pretty amazing!) …2015-12-18 12.44.43Pictures of unique places all around the world – like the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (a church in Mexico) …2015-12-18 12.47.58Some stories were completely new to me and very interesting. For example this image taken inside the Great Mosque which is a main stop on the Hajj pilgrimage. The square stands in the center encasing a meteorite …2015-12-18 12.52.48editedWe also saw examples of items to purchase at markets nearby these destinations …2015-12-18 12.54.38edited 2015-12-18 12.51.54editedOverall it was a wonderful exhibit that gave me a glimpse into other religions, traditions and cultures. 2015-12-18 12.39.32And in case you were wondering, we also made it to other parts of the museum!2015-12-18 13.58.24Sacred Journeys runs through February 21 so be sure to make a stop before then. For other events going on at the Children’s Museum, be sure to visit their website.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.