Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

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#6 of 14 in Museums in Indianapolis
Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions. The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis is the place to go to uncover Indiana’s secrets. The museum houses exhibits on science, art, culture and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum provides stunning views and architecture, making it a great venue for weddings, special events or meetings. Home to the Farmers Market Cafe, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen.

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  • September 26, 2017
    Visited here with my 11 year old child. Clean museum with good hands on exhibits and packed full of informaiton. The wild life area where you press on the animal and the sounds and calls it makes are ...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    Lunch at the Museum next door ran long (but go it is very good!), so we were short on time here. We spent 90 min, but it was not nearly enough, and leaving at 5 pm put us right in the center of rush h...  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    A great place to visit - not a very big museum so one can see a lot in 2-3 hrs. What I loved about the place was - it is not very overwhelming. Has great exhibits specially the natural habitat the lat...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    My grandson loves this place. He went on a school field trip here. I have brought him here several times. Great African American Display and history in one section of the museum. Nice IMAX Theater too.
  • April 10, 2017
    Very nice museum. My initial impression was that this was going to only be an Indiana History style of museum. Lots of the exhibits were Indiana specific, but there was some other exhibits. Very well maintained facility and staff was very friendly. We had no kids and it was still very enjoyable. Nice and quiet. Some of the exhibits were under-construction, but that was ok. Fantastic place to relax, learn, and enjoy an afternoon.
  • May 31, 2017
    Beautiful museum of both the natural and cultural history of Indiana. The museum does a good job of accurately portraying the history and not sugar-coating it. Would highly recommend a visit from anyone interested in Indiana.
  • July 8, 2017
    Very nice. First floor, okay. Second floor was the best and most interesting. Third floor was boring.
  • June 15, 2017
    There's a lot under construction, but what is currently in place is very interesting to learn about. The price is great for the experience. Also, the IMAX is dope.

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