When someone mentions the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the first thing I think of isn’t quirky. Dinosaurs, fairies, space, and maybe even adventure immediately come to mind.
But the definition of quirky includes being characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits, which perfectly fits The Children’s Museum (TCM) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
TCM is home to the original Bumblebee movie prop from Transformers. Three hundred fiberglass parts cast from 200 custom molds make up the 17-foot, 2,000-pound movie prop from the 2007 Transformers movie.
Designers planned the museum around a 55-ton steam engine. The 35-foot, 55-ton behemoth of a locomotive has been a staple at the museum since the late 1960s.
They also have a living Anne Frank Tree, an original sapling from the oak tree that sat outside the annex where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during WWII.
TCM has a dinosaur called Dracorex hogwartsia, the first-ever of its genus and species.