Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Secrets of the Sewers

Preliminary concept digital models, Sewer Lair—Common Room.If there’s one place I truly enjoy seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s in Museums.  The first time I saw this was the Words & Pictures Museum, which remains my favorite Museum I’ve ever been too.  They even had an Exhibit for the Next Mutation, and Turtles were always on display there.  Since then I do look and have found TMNT in a few other museum settings, but nothing like what is happening this year as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has set up the “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Secrets of the Sewer” Exhibit!

This exhibit brings the Turtle fans directly into the lair, with an interesting setup that fans can explore.  Bringing to life for the first time, the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lair.  This is the first time I’ve seen one of the animated lairs be brought from the screen into a 3D setup that can inspire fans as they go through.

Here’s a note from the Children’s Museum:

The exhibit design and social media teams at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world, are excited to share these preliminary design sketches for the upcoming exhibit Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer. The exhibit opens at The Children’s Museum on September 26, in partnership with Nickelodeon.

The digital models are used to convey the overall experience of the exhibit in the early stages of development. They help illustrate the relationship between the displayed objects and the hands-on learning activities. Details about each model are provided as captions in the chart below. In addition to the exhibit components mentioned, in the month of October, you’ll also have the chance to join in Turtles meet-and-greet opportunities at the museum! Learn more at, and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the latest behind the scenes moments. Search for #IndyTurtles on Facebook, Twitter @TCMIndy, and Instagram @childrensmuseum.

Enjoy this sneak peek!

Lori and Jenny, The Social Media Team at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Along with the note they’ve sent along some awesome production artwork for us to share of the exhibit and what we may see by visiting during this event.  With the images came some notes to help walk us through what we’re seeing. 

Preliminary concept digital model, Sewer Lair—the Dojo and Splinter’s RoomFor 30 years, the TMNT have taught generations of fans that being part of a team lets us discover and exercise our own hidden strengths, and those of our teammates, helping us to achieve more together than we can on our own. In the Dojo, Splinter and Raphael will show visitors the value of hard work, practice, and knowing your enemy. This area of the exhibit will have two main sections: the Dojo itself, where students may train in physical skills like balance, speed, and reflexes; and Splinter’s Room, where the focus is on knowledge and how to apply it.

Preliminary concept digital models, Sewer Lair—Common RoomThe Common Room is where the Turtles hang out, play games, and watch TV. Here you’ll find the periscope that lets the team keep an eye on the New York streets above! In this section of the exhibit, Leonardo helps visitors focus on careful planning and on the intellectual challenges of being a team leader.

Leo has left the Turtles’ tPod laying nearby with his social media homepage up. Innocent passersby can, perhaps, take a look at the funny posts his brothers have made for him.

Preliminary concept digital model Sewer Lair—Donatello’s Workshop and Lab.In Donatello’s lab, try your hand at creative problem solving, as well as learning from mistakes. On Donnie’s desk, a series of circuit board puzzles yield lights, sounds, and views of hidden toy dioramas when successfully solved. A plinko-style board lets families experiment with different ways to get mutagen safely into its storage jar. Rotating tile panels feature a game of matching up sewer pipes to connect different areas of the lair.


Preliminary concept digital model, Sewer Lair—Common Room.]All work and no play makes Jack a dull turtle—so Michelangelo is here to show off the fun side of the team’s training routine! In this area, families can demonstrate their rad reflexes with Mikey’s pizza-making game, shred it up on the balance boards, connect miniature sewer pipes to solve a puzzle, and take a quiz to answer the question—WHICH TURTLE ARE YOU?



Preliminary concept digital models, Streets of New York—Family Challenge.

Once you’re trained, it’s time to hit the mean streets of New York City where villains lurk around every corner. Guided by other TMNT team members– from bat-wielding Casey Jones to ninja-in-training, April O’Neill—families work together to help the Turtles crack codes, maneuver through an alley rope maze, bash bad guys with a pizza thrower, and take on a videogame challenge. Get the Shellraiser back to the lair, but you’ll need to work as a team to do it!


Life-size Turtles sculpts located in the Sewer Entry.Three-dimensional character models provide photo opportunities and welcome visitors into the exhibit space. Families will enter the exhibit through an archway that evokes the look and feel of the Turtles’ home: the sewer pipes beneath the streets of New York. This area will introduce important aspects of TMNT strategy, introduce the goals of the exhibit, and prepare families to enter the Sewer Lair and join the Turtle Team!

All of these images and the Walkthrough itself was provided by the Children’s Museum.  It was very kind of them to let us have a sneak peek and share this with the entire fandom.  While seeing the images is fun the real fun is going to be able to explore the lair with our own eyes once it opens.  Which is very soon.

Fugitoid and myself will be traveling in for Opening weekend, so that we can share this event with our viewers.  Getting to check out each of the rooms from the lair, talk with fellow TMNT fans, see what merch will be offered and get to see the TMNT life size Statues which was first seen at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America with the Shell Shock ride and also seen at San Diego Comic Con International 2012 as part of Nickelodeon’s booth designs.

We hope to see fellow TMNT fans this weekend who can travel out for this occasion.   This is the first time we get a life size Turtle lair to explore!  Take your chance to see this while it’s here, as we know this will not last forever as part of the Museum.  If you’re going to be there opening weekend and see Fugitoid and I walking around, please feel free to come up and say hello.  It’s always great to meet and talk with fellow TMNT fans!

Are you planning to go to the Museum?  Do you live in the area and know what’s going on?  Do you have kids you want to take?  Please share your thoughts on the idea of a Turtle Lair to explore, if you’re going to attend, and will you bring family or friends in the comment section below!


Preliminary concept digital models, Streets of New York—Family Challenge.


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