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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  • Structure that tells much about the local history of the inhabitants of the State of Indiana, this is a Must on a visit of the city.
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  • We live walking around the outside and looking at the wall tiles donated by each county in the state. We also love walking through the museum and seeing the exhibits. The recreated Ayers Tea Room brin...  more »
  • My teens like this museum - they have a wide range of things to see, including good science exhibits.  more »
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  • Great museum to learn about the history of Indiana. It has a wide variety of artifacts from all of the history of the state of Indiana. Starting with the natural history of the state you progress to beginning of statehood for Indiana. Historical context of the settlers that traveled through the state through many interactive media. You then move towards the Indiana’s involvement with other major United States historical events such as every major war, the civil rights movement, and industrial changes over time. You finish with famous contributions from local Hoosiers and famous celebrities from the state. The top level is usually reserved for different traveling exhibitions and other temporary events. Overall it is a great place for all ages.
  • There is so much to learn about this state, and walking through this museum is like walking through a text book, both because of the depth of information it provides, and the amount of reading. ...Some of you may not like to read... I do, but there was not enough time for all. If you know nothing, little, or just want to know more, I totally recommend you go visit. There are so many showcases here ranging from Abraham Lincoln, to Janet Jackson, to stone quarries, to how canal levies work. There was also a poison exhibit when I went, which was super interesting as it had information on all sorts of poisons and how they affect different organisms. Recommend, but beware...you will be there for a while.
  • This particular day was an IPS event so parking sucked. The staff were nice. Today the kids and I visited the exhibits and had a wonderful time. The Vernon exhibit was cool and we even had a train ride and got our tickets stamped. We will definitely be back
  • We visited late on Monday morning, and there were hardly any others. There is a good mix of interactive displays that my (older) kids enjoyed, and behind-the-glass and placard displays that my wife enjoyed. We moved at a moderate pace and spent about 2 1/2 hours in the museum. You could add an extra hour if you like to read everything. Some displays on the first floor are closed until March 2018, but by the time we were done with the third-floor, we were worn out and felt like we got our money’s worth. We found a couple dollars off admission on a Indiana tourist website, and parking was only five dollars with a coupon from the ticket booth. The museum is within easy walking distance of downtown shopping and restaurants.
  • We had a great time. Interesting displays and easy to get around. Some exhibitions being updated but not messy. The tea room was not open yet but got chicken velvet soup in the cafe.

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