Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Indianapolis, IN

Where are we going?

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
N California St
IN 46204


What is there to do?

History is an amazing thing! Everywhere you walk, there are millions of years of history that happened right under your feet - and most of it you wouldn't be aware of!

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites gives the whole family a chance to delve into some of those amazing events that occurred right in the state of Indiana! The museum is located in White River State Park, which is in the lovely downtown Indianapolis.

It's a great place for the kids to explore all about the past, present and future of the state - everything from mastodons to contemporary art! What an amazing educational experience! 

Let's take you on a journey through some of the exhibits that you will come across in the Indiana State Museum!

If you are on Level 1, you will encounter all things natural history - from geography, geology, and archaeology. Kids can go back in time and discover what the Ice Age would have been like, or where the Ancient Seas sat across the country.

It's also where you will see some very cool fossils and skeletons of some of those amazing creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago!

Jump up to Level 2 and you're surrounded by culture and cultural history! From Abraham Lincoln all the way to RCA televisions and Civl War's the history of the Hoosiers! 

The Indiana State Museum frequently rotates the exhibits too, so there will always be something new to see when you head back on your next visit! 

Don't forget about the Historic Sites either! You can learn all about some of the amazing places you can visit in the state - only a short drive away!

Educational and fascinating family days out all round in the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $13

Children: $8.50 (Ages 3 to 12)

Discount: Seniors $12. Combo packages with IMAX available

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully handicap-accessible. If you need help just see Guest Relations when you arrive!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily, except 11am open Sunday

Open all year except Thanksgiving and Christmas days


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.

I’m Hungry!

The Canal Cafe and Terrace have a wide variety of food options for families so you don't have to learn on an empty stomach!

Healthy Eating

Salads, soups and made-to-order sandwiches and more available all day in the Canal Cafe. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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