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Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Indianapolis

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Where are we going today?

The Indiana State Museum has three floors full of surprises, each one filled with enough art, science, history and culture to leave you amazed at the things you never knew about the state Hoosiers call home.
Not every museum features mastodonts, a 1927 Stutz-8 AA four-door sedan, a Foucault pendulum, the world's largest Omni-globe and a 17-foot tall steam clock, but those things are all part of the Indiana story. With exhibits covering the Ice Age to the 21st century, the museum is an eclectic, exciting adventure into the past, present and future of Indiana. With frequent rotations of artifacts from its collection and every-changing special exhibits it offers a different experience every time you visit. Here, you will truly "uncover Indiana's secrets"!

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Where is it at?

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Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis
IN
46204
Tel: 317.232.1637

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9.50/ free for members
  • Children$5.00/ free for members
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

M-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Open all year except Thanksgiving and Christmas days

Teachers corner

Please sign up on our website for the Educators eNewsletter and visit the educators tab at www.indianamuseum.org as well for field trip information, worksheets, classroom tips, educational trunks and more..

I'm Hungry!

The historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room is recreated at the museum and open for group visits and special occasions. Please check the website or call 317.232.1637 for hours and specials. The Canal Cafe and Terrace have a wide variety of food options for families as well..

Healthy Eating!

Salads, soups and made-to-order sandwiches and more available all day in the Canal Cafe..

Any Top Tips?

Don't miss the 92-County sculpture walk outside the museum; you can visit it online as well, to see the "why's" behind each sculpture..

Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully handicap-accessible; please see Guest Services for any help with wheelchairs or other accommodations..

Baby Facilities

There is a family-friendly restroom on Level 3 with changing table, etc. Ask in the Canal Cafe for assistance with bottle-warming..

Can I get one of those?

the Indiana Store has 2-stories of unique Indiana treasures from Indiana artisans as well as a wide selection of jewelry, Vera Bradley handbags, stuffed animals, nostalgic candies and items from other decades and more. The offerings are constantly changing to coordinate with current exhibits..

More information

Guest Services is anxious to make your visit perfect in every way; ASK them! .

What people are saying?

  • by Joey Smith

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    Boss sauce! Loves this place. Smart, entertaining and engaging.

  • by Dawn Phelps

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    Your know you're old when you see stuff you grew up with at the museum. *sigh*

  • by M Elderon

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    This rating is slightly unfair because my comments are mostly about the service of the parking garage attendants. Service "in" the museum was great, as well as the museum itself.

    I pulled up to the parking garage during the Star Wars exhibit and an attendant was standing outside the booth collecting $5 and providing a garage ticket. Note: The garage itself is difficult to navigate and not clearly marked.

    When I picked up my exhibition tickets I was given a validation ticket for a partial refund on the parking fee and told to give it to the attendant...Read More

  • by Ryan Hicks

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    A lot to see and do here. Should take an hour or two to go through everything. Anything you want to learn about Indiana's history will be here.

  • by Terri Mattox

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    Bored? Need to get out and do something? This is a great place to be. Take family or friends for a nice outing. Explore, reflect and enjoy today.

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by M Elderon

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This rating is slightly unfair because my comments are mostly about the service of the parking garage attendants. Service "in" the museum was great, as well as the museum itself.

I pulled up to the parking garage during the Star Wars exhibit and an attendant was standing outside the booth collecting $5 and providing a garage ticket. Note: The garage itself is difficult to navigate and not clearly marked.

When I picked up my exhibition tickets I was given a validation ticket for a partial refund on the parking fee and told to give it to the attendant when we left. The ticket counter personnel had mentioned that others had told them about the same experience I had when entering the garage, and they were surprised to hear that this was happening.

When we left, I showed my ticket to the attendant, who promptly told me that I would need to return the next day and present it to the supervisor to be reimbursed. Let’s see… drive an hour round trip the next day and use more gas and time to get a couple of bucks back!? Hmmmm... Really??? My email to the customer service department seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

I was perfectly willing to pay the $5 and be done, but when an organization makes an offer to refund or reimburse you; it should be honored, everyone should be onboard, and it should be easy for the customer to acquire. They did not have their act together and I wonder how many others were taken in by this. Beware of the parking troll.

The Star Wars exhibit was great! Very cool hands-on activities, props and costumes.... and as a Sci Fi fan I really enjoyed the experience. Oh yes... as for the "Millenium Falcon Experience".... in my opinion, it would be better off left in the hanger.

July 6 - Update - I did hear back from the Museum and the parking garage manager. The both were interested in the situation that occurred and treated me with concern and respect. For this reason I am upgrading my rating to very good across the board. They are good people to work with. :-D

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 69° F / 21° C
Humidity: 46%
Wind: S - 11 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 65%
Wind: SSW - 18 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 58° F / 14° C
Humidity: 66%
Wind: NNE - 16 MPH

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