Midwest Tour

Our Midwest tour takes visitors for an adventure with an ARI Interpreter to significant archaeological sites in the Midwest that are important to the story of the past 23,000 years. Your Interpreter will guide you through museums and sites. Learn about the history of the Midwest from several perspectives and time periods. Discover the people and places that make up the story of our home. Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, hiking clothes, and boots. 



Coming Soon!


Wednesday & Saturday 9-4

Meeting Location:

Meet at the Archaeological Research Institute Learning Center. Visitors will be driven to tour locations by an ARI Interpreter and returned to the Learning Center at the end of the tour.

Age Requirement:


Activity Level:

Easy – standing and walking on fairly level ground


5-6 Hours

This tour is COMING SOON. If you have any questions, contact us at 812.290.2966 or reservations@exploreari.org


The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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