Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

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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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  • Beautiful venue for a wedding! Didn't have the opportunity to see all exhibits but would go back when in town next.  more »
  • The various rooms used were comfortable and accommodating for the different crowd sizes. Convenient location for other attractions - including a short walk to Heron school of the arts.  more »
  • For my birthday my sweet wife knew I had been wanting to go to the Indiana State Museum so she surprised me on Sunday afternoon. What a ton of information and enclosed in such a beautiful building. I ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very nice. First floor, okay. Second floor was the best and most interesting. Third floor was boring.
  • 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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