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Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis

4.5
#4 of 88 in Museums in Indiana
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Eiteljorg Museum holds one of the country's finest collections of Native American art and artifacts, and it also presents a robust assemblage paintings and sculptures by artists from the American West. Make your way through exhibits of Native American relics, such as weapons, clothes, Hopi Katsina jewelry, and Inuit sculptures. Check out works by famous Taos Society artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Randall Davey. The museum offers temporary exhibits in addition to its permanent collections, and numerous festivals and events also take place here throughout the year. Make Eiteljorg Museum part of your personalized Indianapolis itinerary using our Indianapolis vacation builder.
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4.5
  • This was a wonderful time seeing art work about Native Americans. We had lunch at their Cafe, & that too was great. Located near the beautiful canals & downtown-across the street from the large new Ma...  more »
  • This was the first time going here and they had half of the exhibits closed including the theater. Nothing was said to us when we bought our tickets about the closures. This is very disappointing beca...  more »
  • The Eiteljorg has a great collection of Indian and western art; paintings, statues, crafts, etc. Usually there is a special exhibit, right now there is a special exhibit on dogs and the west. There is...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed this museum. The Native American and Western art was vibrant and beautiful. The bronze sculptures were my favorite (inside and outside!). The kids area in the basement is really fun, and I think for all ages — don't miss it. The museum is cool, spacious, clean and staffed by friendly people. We enjoyed walking through the garden down to the river walk. Great location.
  • A cool museum about native American history. While I rated it 4 stars (wish it was out of 10 as I'd give a 9/10) as I thought quite a few of the exhibits were dry, they do have one regularly changing exhibit that was interesting (about dogs when I went). I'd also recommend visiting the kids section in the basement, more interactive and kinda interesting even for adults.
  • Very nice museum with good things for kids in basement. Clean and friendly staff. Lots of awesome things to see. Come during Indian market if you can.
  • This museum has an odd collection of Native American art. I say odd mostly because there seems to be no real central theme aside from it being vaguely related to Native American culture. For example, it's not even that the pieces are all created by Native Americans, the pieces all just have something to do with stereotypical Native American culture. The areas upstairs are relatively organized by tribe, but the area downstairs needs some work, in my opinion. Overall, I recommend giving it a chance because it houses some truly stunning pieces.
  • I enjoyed the paintings! But as for the rest, kind of dull. Kids liked panning for gold.

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