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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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  • We went to the Indiana State Museum specifically to see the annual "Hoosier Salon" Art Exhibit, but we were very impressed with the overall museum. It is a good collection of "small exhibits" on India...  more »
  • We saw DUNKIRK at the IMAX. DS had purchased reserved tickets using his phone. All of the seats in the theater were up steps. I'm glad I took my cane. I liked the seats, because my feet actually touch...  more »
  • Located in the White River State Park, the museum is close to other attractions you will want to see. The level two gallery was my favorite since it presented the cultural history of Indiana. I partic...  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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With limited public transportation in the city, those traveling without a car should consider the location of their accommodations carefully. To stay within walking distance of Indianapolis’ best restaurants and bars, look for a hotel or apartment rental in the arty Mass Ave or Broad Ripple neighborhoods. Downtown lodgings are often more expensive, but provide easy access to Indy’s best-known attractions for those on vacation. Bed and breakfasts in the city’s residential areas provide a healthy dose of Midwestern charm.
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