It’s no secret Downtown Indy is a hotbed of museums. They are a popular place for locals and visitors. With ever-changing exhibition schedules, there’s always something new to see. Here’s a list of new exhibits to visit and which ones to catch before they’re gone:

Paste: Works on paper

Through June 18, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., $13 for adults, $12 for adults 60 and over, $9.75 for students, $8.50 for children ages Ages 3-17, children under 3 free (317) 232-1637, indianamuseum.org.

Canvas, wood, brick walls – there are a number of surfaces artists can choose from to create their art on. This exhibition explores the medium of fine art paper and how it influences the creative process of each piece.

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Circus – With YOU!

Through Nov. 26, Children’s Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., price varies, (317) 334-4000, childrensmuseum.org.

Now that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced their final show in May, it’s time for the world’s next big circus act to take over: you! Meet real circus performers and walk a virtual tightrope, then step into the ring and perform yourself.

Ice Age Graveyards

Through Sept. 4, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., $13 for adults, $12 for adults 60 and over, $9.75 for students, $8.50 for children ages Ages 3-17, children under 3 free (317) 232-1637, indianamuseum.org.

As part of the Year of Science Presented by Lilly, “Ice Age Graveyards” will shine a light on the behemoths and woolly mammoths that roamed Indiana.

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Emily Stergar: Stack

March 3–31, Gallery 924 at Arts Council of Indianapolis, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., free, (317) 631-3301, indyarts.org.

Gallery 924 features a new exhibit each month that debuts on the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association’s First Friday Art Tour. “Stack: A Layering of Elements” is a collection of sculptures composed of layers of natural and man-made materials such as wood and polystyrene.

Dogs: faithful and true

March 4-August. 6, Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $7 for children 5-17, children under 5 free, (317) 636 -9378, eiteljorg.org.

The Eiteljorg sheds light on the story of man’s best friend. This exhibit includes artwork, artifacts, and interactive experiences that will show the role of dogs as companions, workers, and heroes in Native American and Western life.

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You are There 1943: Italian prisoners of war at Atterbury

March 4-August. 11, 2018, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., $9 for adults, $8 for adults 60 and over, $5 for children 5-17, free for children children under 5, (317) 232-1882, indianahistory.org.

In the latest episode of “Indiana Experience,” you can see, hear, and even talk to actors portraying POWs during World War II at the Prairie Chapel that still stands in Johnson County.

Indiana Historical Society museum theater director Jay Hemphill (left) and Daniel Shockley practice for the upcoming exhibit, You are There 1943: Italian POWs at Atterbury.  Hemphill will represent the prisoner of war, Adelso Miotto, in the exhibition.

Presidential Pets

March 9-Dec. 30 Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children 5-12, children under 5 free, (317 ) 631-1888, presidentbenjaminharrison.org.

It is not yet known if Vice President Mike Pence’s rabbit, Marlon Bundo, will make an appearance in the executive exhibit. Travel through 200 years of presidential companions.

President Benjamin Harrison and his family with his pet, Whiskers the goat.

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

March 11-May 29, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., $13 for adults, $12 for adults 60 and over, $9.75 for students, $8.50 for children ages 3-17, children under 3 free (317) 232-1637, indianamuseum.org.

Virtually immerse yourself in the destructive earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanoes that have historically impacted human lives. The exhibit and its national tour, created by the Field Museum in Chicago, teaches about natural disasters from a geological, cultural, ecological and global perspective.

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The luxury of tea and coffee, Chinese export porcelain, highlights of the Shirley M. Mueller collection ends Monday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1200 W. 38th St. The exhibit features porcelain wares, namely tea kettles and coffee pots, created by the Chinese for themselves and for foreign trade.

Making a Mark in Science: Percy Julian ends Tuesday at the Indiana State Museum. Learn about one of the nation’s most accomplished scientists, a graduate of DePauw University.

Orchids: cultivating beauty ends March 5 at the IMA. Spring came early to the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Discover hundreds of purplish plants in the greenhouse, the Lilly House, or in the pop-up shop in the main museum building, where orchids will be for sale.

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Nikon’s little world ends March 19 at the Indiana State Museum. This photomicrograph exhibit shows you what you were supposed to see through that microscope in high school biology.

The chocolate slide ends April 23 at the Children’s Museum. It’s exactly what it sounds like, except the chocolate isn’t real, which really saves cleaning time.

Call IndyStar reporter Camille Hayes at (317) 444-6904. Email him at [email protected]

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