New maker’s space under construction at Conner Prairie to open Jan. 11

The aviation section of Create.Connect (at top in photo) will be relocated and some other portions of the exhibit will be affected to make room for the new Makesmith Workshop.

Staff Report
Today, Conner Prairie’s indoor exhibit Create.Connect will close temporarily to the public as construction starts on a new permanent feature inside our Welcome Center, the Makesmith Workshop.

This new, 500-square-feet space will allow visitors to hone their skills while exploring historic making and trades through numerous hands-on activities. Staff will guide visitors through projects and help them acquire new experience with tools and materials.

The installation of this maker’s space will cause the reorganization of some areas of Create.Connect, which will reopen to the public Dec. 2.

Discovery Station, Craft Corner, the Conner Prairie Store and the current holiday exhibit Gingerbread Village will be unaffected by construction.

Makesmith Workshop, made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is scheduled to open Jan. 11 as a permanent exhibit.