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Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

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4.2/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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 Farmer's Market Cafe, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen.

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  • This is an impressive state of the art museum, sharing art, culture and history of Indiana. I like the gallery of famous Hoosiers 
  • This museum showcases Indiana people and items invented or produced in Indiana. Provided a good history of the area and people. 
  • We went to check it out and was just ok , we enjoyed all the displays however it was a Saturday afternoon and very disappointed that the restaurant closed at 230 ! We were all starving and ended up le...  read more »
  • Let's get the bad out of the way first. The mall is in sad shape and the theater is being remodeled. On the plus side, the theater seats are Awesome! Full recliner seats that are wide and comfortable and plenty of leg room made up for most of the negatives. I'd come back just for that!
  • I love this sleeper of a theater. I have seen some big budget movies that have full IMAX scenes and the experience is great. The theater has nice seating, its clean, and well organized. Concessions are available, including hard to find beer from 18th Street Brewery. I highly recommend ordering your tickets online, reserving your seats, and enjoying your next block buster here. Oh and garage parking is free with an IMAX ticket purchase.
  • An official full-size IMAX GT (Grand Theatre) screen operated by IMAX Corporation. Way bigger and better than those tiny "knock-off" IMAX screens you'll find in the chain theaters. You won't find a better screen anywhere in the area.
  • Excellent picture, excellent sound. Excellent seating anywhere. A bit expensive, but worth it.
  • What a gorgeous museum that makes me proud to be a Hoosier. I went up to the Indiana State Museum on Friday night a 6pm to see the Opening of the exhibit "200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy" and when I walked into the Special Exhibition Gallery on the 3rd Floor I was pleasantly surprised to see that my sterling silver and marble Tuscany Tea Service that I made was the first art work that I saw. It was beautifully displayed in a specially built display case of perfect craftsmanship. The entire exhibition is wonderful with such a variety of art work and artifacts. It wasn't just all painting, although there were some beautiful paintings. There were lots of crafts and sculpture by well know artists, many of which were university and college professors at some point in their lives. I saw many works that I loved and that amazed me. I even when back the next day to spend more time in the exhibit and to see the rest of the museum. Many thanks to Mark Ruschman for curating such a wonderful exhibition and to his staff for the professional installation they did of both galleries of the show. Not to be missed!!! There is also a terrific cafe in the museum!
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