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Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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  • A relative and I thought her free ticket was the for the Indiana State Museum but her GPS took us here instead and we enjoyed our visit. We loved the interactive history exhibits and discovered that y...  read more »
  • interesting walk to learn about the history of the region and the city. How was formed the society of indiana
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  • We came to the historical society for the Smithsonian free museum day today. I told my family about it. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be. There were several living history exhib...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Best place to park for a quick walk to the convention center. $20 daily parking. Someday I'll make it inside!
  • The exhibits are very well done. I didn't have as much time here as I would have liked - give yourself at least a couple of hours.
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