Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

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With a collection of over 54,000 African, American, Asian, and European works spanning 5,000 years, Indianapolis Museum of Art is the eighth-largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States. Established in 1883, it is the ninth oldest too. Visit international contemporary art exhibits and galleries of European paintings, sculptures, prints, and decorative arts. Find the statuette of a striding Egyptian official from the third millennium BCE. See African and Oceanic ritual masks and Native American child moccasins. Built on 62 hectares (152 acres) of land, the museum also features wooded areas, wetlands, open fields, a lake, hiking trails, and a florist. Indianapolis Museum of Art is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Indianapolis Edition.
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  • This Art museum has everything for early American art to modern art. Also has collections of early american furniture. Plan on spending a good portion of your day hear if you enjoy art or even just in...  more »
  • There is so much to see and do at IMA that it is hard to decide what to mention first. They have areas especially for children, Impressionist art, the old masters,folk art and western art, they also h...  more »
  • One of my favorite places to go with my husband. There is always something new to see and it is never overcrowded so you have time to walk around and enjoy everything. The gardens are beautiful also.  more »
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  • Great smaller art museum with amazing sculpture garden and local artist mini golf in the summer months. I always feel like they try to engage children in all of their special exhibits - with crafts or online engagement in the gallery. This is especially important to me as a parent and art lover - engaging the youngest so they will learn to love art. I always enjoy the peacefulness of this museum. The forest and garden setting is beautiful.
  • Awesome museum. Great art. Cool place. Great grounds. Was so much better when it was free. Wish they would go back to that or at least lower the prices to make it more affordable. Worth going once/year based on their current pricing model.
  • We’ve always enjoyed the Museum, both the interior exhibits and the 100 acres. But the Winterlights event was a welcome step up from the prior holidays. More than a million lights (literally) lit the beautiful grounds around the mansion, creating a scene that has been named one of the best light shows in the world. There has been talk of expanding next year; it’s definitely worth seeing!
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art was amazing! With four floors to explore, I suggest coming well rested and perhaps with some coffee. I really enjoyed the modern art and the Picasso pieces. There is also a garden area to explore but it was too cold when I went. There were lots of friendly docents around to answer questions or provide more information about pieces. Also, plenty of places to sit down to rest or to spend time looking at a piece.
  • Once a favorite attraction in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Art Museum has lost its appeal. Not long ago, visitors had free access to the permanent collection and would pay extra for special exhibitions. Now, guests are faced with an $18 entry fee surpassing numerous better museums and attractions in Indianapolis and beyond. If you were wondering, they offer a military discount... two days a year. In the meantime, the museum has expanded its collection of literal garbage - from yogurt cups to cleaning rags - under the alias of 'modern art'. After many years watching the decline, we won't patronize this museum again.

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