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Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

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  • We stumbled into here to get out of the rain so had no idea what to expect. This place is amazing! They do a mix of standard presentations of information (though they use interactive touchscreens incr...  more »
  • This is a wonderful local museum with lots of character and interesting exhibits. They make full use of their large space and are right next to the canal. With a delicious cafe on the canal level, it'...  more »
  • The architecture and natural light throughout the building make this place a wonderfully stunning location for learning about various aspects of Indiana history. Rotating exhibits, some of them live a...  more »
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  • I took a class to the Indiana Historical Society to begin a project as I do every year. It is amazing! The live rooms in which people learn by being immersed in an actual picture are maybe the most engaging activity I've ever seen for children of any age. These experiences are constantly chamging, so you can go back again and again. The classes explaining how documents are preserved, repaired, and studies are also fantastic. I could spend hours in the interactive archives of Indiana history. I highly, highly recommend putting Indiana Historical Society on the list for family, class, or individual outings.
  • First time here for a genealogy convention. Beautifully old (in a good way). Could use a little update in decor etc.
  • I stopped in here last minute to visit for the first time. Every single person was so very nice. I didn't know what they had to offer so each person took the time to explain their exhibition space. I highly recommend going.
  • At my most recent visit, the L.S. Ayres & IN Constitution interactive exhibits required "suspension of disbelief," but for those willing to play along, it was an amusing way to learn. Children brought to them were puzzled and probably understood little of what they were seeing.The T.C. Steele art exhibit gave a once-in-a-lifetine chance to see a large group of privately held and seldom-exhibited paintings by Indiana's iconic painter. The interactive computer-based history room is the one area where a visitor could spend hours digging into specific areas of IN history. Other exhibits were restricted to panels with text and photos about various aspects of state history. Friendly and helpful docents were ready for conversation about the exhibits. The Cole Porter room has brief biographical information & photographs, but the highlight for me was the charming and talented young lady who sang Porter songs on request. While I enjoy my visits, be aware this is a small museum as part of IHS's larger missions. Unlike, say, the Indiana State Museum, it's not a place where most visitors would enjoyably spend the day. It will be best appreciated when visited for the special exhibitions or specific research. Happily, there is convenient parking in the museum's adjacent lot (but it is small and at times full).
  • The IHS offers a great view of Indiana's rich and vibrant history and provides an atmosphere that is welcoming to all age groups.