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The Eiteljorg is one of the more unique museums in all Central Indiana. It celebrates and preserves Native American culture. Anything relating to Native American culture from the Pacific Northwest all the way down to the Atlantic Southeast can be found in the museum. While the Eiteljorg is certainly known for its regular exhibits, Jingle Rails, a holiday train display, has become one of its more popular attractions in recent year. Indianapolis-area residents should consider visiting this beautiful display between now and January 16th, the last day it can be seen.
In total, there are just shy of 1,200 feet of train tracks that wind around the museum. On these tracks, visitors can see nine different model trains. The trains will pass replicas of iconic Indianapolis buildings including Union Station, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil Stadium and Monument Circle. Other Jingle Rails displays have replicas of famous American icons including Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas Strip. The trains are G-scale model trains. The displays have interactive QR codes. Using their smart phones, guests can scan the QR codes to access videos and text to learn more about the displays.
Throughout Jingle Rails’ running, there are several events that occur alongside the displays. On Saturday, December 17th, there will be special music from Patchwork between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Earlier that day, at 11:00am, there will be a special screening of Polar Express. Polar Express will again screen at the Eiteljorg on Wednesday, December 21st, at 1:00pm. There will be storytelling between 1:00pm and 3:00pm each day between December 26th and 28th. Storytelling resumes at the same hours every day between January 2nd and 6th. Guests can also enjoy a musical performance by the New Augusta Duo on December 28th and January 7th between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
Hours, Tickets and Location
Jingle Rails is located at the Eiteljorg, which is on the corner of West Street and West Washington Street in Downtown Indianapolis. Jingle Rails ends on January 16th. The Eiteljorg will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, it is open every day of the week. On Sundays, the Eiteljorg opens at noon and closes at 5:00pm. Every other day of the week, the Eiteljorg is open between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Admission to Jingle Rails is included with regular admission to the Eiteljorg. Admission for adults is just $13.00. Seniors receive a discount. Admission for them is just $11.00. Children between the ages of five and 17 can enjoy the Eiteljorg for just $7.00. Children under the age of five can enter the Eiteljorg for no charge.