Behind the curtain

Every year, thousands of people come to Indianapolis to take advantage of its world-class cultural destinations.

They wander through galleries featuring paintings by Rembrandt, O’Keeffe and Warhol. Koalas, cheetahs and orangutans play in re-creations of their natural habitats. Kids and parents alike learn about physics of racecars and the painstaking work paleontologists go through to unearth dinosaurs.

Maintaining these museums, zoos and institutions and keeping them vibrant requires hours of work by dozens of people at each of these locations.

Among those dedicated professionals that make central Indiana’s most beloved attractions so special are a handful of Johnson County residents.

Meet the people who keep the animals of the Indianapolis Zoo fed and healthy, connect to patrons of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis over websites and social media, and protect the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s priceless collection of artifacts.

They’ll take you behind the scenes at their institution, offering the opportunity to understand a little bit better what it takes to make your visit memorable.

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.