Superheroes: A SuperPOWered Spring Break At The World's Largest Children's Museum

Mar 15, 2013, 05:00 ET from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is pairing superpowered heroes from pop culture to world culture to create a superpower showdown this spring break.

Unique powers have transformed ordinary mortals into extraordinary heroes and villains for centuries. Arguments over which power is the best have circulated just as long. Now you get to determine which power will prevail as the top power in the land through this unique exhibit and online voting opportunity. Batman®, Spider-Man®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Hercules, Ravana and Eagle Kachina are just a few of the options. Vote online or onsite March 15May 5, 2013.

"The premise is to connect objects from our interesting 120,000 artifact collection that range from mythological heroes and literature to pop cultural icons on loan from movie studios and private collectors to superpowers," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "Superpowers can turn an ordinary person into the hero (or villain) of extraordinary stories. They excite and inspire us by doing things no one else can. We want children to understand they are special with their own unique power to change the world however they choose."                                                                                                            

Unique artifacts The Children's Museum chose to represent amazing pop culture characters and their superpowers include:

  • G.I. Joe® accelerator suit used in the filming of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Channing Tatum's suit on loan from Paramount)
  • Cape from the Batman TV series featuring Adam West (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Superman® cape worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman I & II movies (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Bumblebee Camaro used in the first Transformer movie (loan from Randy Rousseau)
  • The Riddler costume worn by Jim Carey in Batman Forever (loan from Profiles in History)
  • "Raphael" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle® costume from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Batman® costume worn by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises (loan from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and DC Comics)

Unique artifacts the museum chose to represent amazing characters and their superpowers from literature, mythology and legend include:

  • Monkey King shadow puppet, late 20th century, from Xi'an China (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Samurai Ca. 1800 suit of Japanese Samurai armor and sword (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Ruler of the sky Eagle Kachina, figure made in the late 20th century by a member of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Fire breathing Goddess Sekhmet Faience, glazed ceramic figure made in Ancient Egypt between 712 BC and 395 AD (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Hercules of Greek mythology, The Legendary Journeys action figure, 1995, based on the divine hero of classical mythology (The Children's Museum's super collection)
  • Magical Ravana festival figure, made for a festival procession in India, mid-20th century (The Children's Museum's super collection)

Families are invited to vote onsite or online to determine which superpowers should hold super status in the museum's hero-to-hero and villain match ups.  Families are also encouraged to create their own superheroes along with stories about them.

One America is the presenting sponsor of Super Heroes, supported by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent and AAA Insurance. Monitors provided by Sharp Business Systems.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and YouTube.

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SOURCE The Children's Museum of Indianapolis