Community Access

Newfields offers free-admission days, memberships with partnering organizations, and special discounts to ensure everyone can experience all that our campus has to offer, inside and out. These programs can help you plan your visit:

Neighborhood Membership

Newfields invites our closest neighbors to visit our campus as often as they wish with our free Neighborhood Membership. Unlimited visits and discounts for special programs are just a few benefits you receive with your Neighborhood Membership. To learn more and see if you qualify visit: or stop by the Information Desk.



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Access Pass

The Access program enables qualified families to purchase admission to participating Access Pass partners for $2 per family member per visit, for up to two adults and dependent youth living in the household. The Access Pass program is a partnership amongst many Indianapolis Cultural destinations. Qualifying Access Pass holders sign up through The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.


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Free Days

Free First Thursday presented by bank of america

Sponsored by Bank of America, General Admission is free during operating hours on the first Thursday of every month year round. Advanced ticketing is required. Tickets are available for reservation free of charge at

Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.   

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Thursday, September 5, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Thursday, October 3, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Thursday, November 7, 2024 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Thursday, December 5, 2024 -  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day with free admission on Sunday, January 14, 2024. 

Please note: This celebration will occur on Sunday, the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Newfields' campus is closed on Mondays.


Gardens & Museum Day 

Celebrate International Museum Day and Go Public Gardens Day with free general admission, Friday, May 31, 2024 from 11:00 - 8:00 pm. Free General Admission for all guests that secure a ticket online, in advance. 




Marion County Students 

Individual Marion County students, in grades K-12, receive free admission when visiting outside of school hours for a school assignment. Students simply check in at the Information Desk and let a Guest Experience Associate know they are visiting to complete an assignment and they will receive a free ticket with their student ID.


Indiana COLLEGE student membership

Indiana college students get a free membership to Newfields.

The Details: To be eligible for a free college membership, students must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school in Indiana and earning a degree or certificate. Student membership benefits are equivalent to the Solo membership level.  
There are two ways to enroll: 

Online: Fill out the enrollment form. The Newfields Membership Department will process the request in 1-2 business days.  

In-person: Stop by the Efroymson Family Entrance Welcome Desk and a Guest Experiences team member will help you register.  



Ticket Distribution 

Throughout the seasons, we provide complimentary admission tickets to organizations in Central Indiana for their constituents to visit Newfields. This program is focused on breaking down barriers to access for underserved and under resourced communities. To learn more about this program or to inquire about participation, please contact us at


Blue Star Program (Active Military)

Current Active Duty Military and their immediate family recieve free general admission with a valid military ID year round.  


Non-Profit Organization Donation Program 

501(c)(3) organizations may request a donation of a family four pack of general admission tickets or a Family Membership once per year for incentives, giveaways, or drawings. Please submit all requests to  


Bank of America Museums on Us 

Present your Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U.S Trust credit or debit card and a photo ID on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of every month for one free general admission ticket. This ticket can be reserved online in advance using the promo code “MOU2024”.

January 6 & 7, 2024

February 3 & 4, 2024

March 2 & 3, 2024

April 6 & 7, 2024

May 4 & 5, 2024

June 1 & 2, 2024

July 6 & 7, 2024

August 3 & 4, 2024

September 7 & 8, 2024

October 5 & 6, 2024

November 2 & 3, 2024

December 7 & 8, 2024