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Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

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#1 of 45 in Historic Sites in Indiana
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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. Add Indianapolis Museum of Art to your Indianapolis travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Indianapolis trip itinerary builder.
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4.5
  • I couldn't believe how large this museum was and the great variety of exhibits it had. There was the largest collection of Post-Impressionism paintings I have ever seen along with major works by Monet...  more »
  • Very nice and elegant place for visiting. Excellent facilities and amenities such a bar. Soap opera lovers must enjoy that place.  more »
  • My husband (not a museum goer) and I visited IMA last week on vacation and we both left happy. IMA is a progressive family friendly museum that has classic art, modern art, and activities for children...  more »
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  • Wow! What a fantastic museum. Great variety of art (especially for a museum that size) and beautiful rooms to display the art. I'm usually more of a fine art enthusiast, but their section on ceramics, pocket watches, and other small figurines really caught my attention. I also saw my first Hieronymus Bosch piece, which was exciting. Another great section was the Post-Impressionism pieces especially the pointillism. I went on a museum docent tour about the Monuments Men and Nazi confiscated art, which it was very interesting. Unfortunately I ran out of time and did not get to see all the galleries nor the grounds (which I hear are quite spectacular). However, I will definitely be going back!
  • Really cool!! Great place to spend the day. Easy to find and decent parking. It used to be a lot better when it did not cost as much, but if it's just for a day it is worth the stop - especially if the weather is warm and you are looking for a cool (literally and figuratively) place to spend the day. Be warned the cost of anything, including admission can be steep.
  • This is a really nice museum! If you want to go through it properly: really look at everything, read the plaques, etc, you will need a couple of days. I only had one day, but I saw a lot of beautiful and interesting work, and I learned a lot. If you are in the area, you really should go. You will not be disappointed. Take your kids. There is something for everyone.
  • Great museum built on a historic property. Fascinating exhibits including Audubon & Turner. Delightful little cafe & gift shop. There's a lot to see including a tour of the grounds so plan for a full day or two!
  • Holy wow, there's so much I could go into but the reason I visited was for the spring flowers. The gardens did not disappoint and neither did the kind staff. I also visited one of their limited time exhibits on the "Chemistry of Color" and it was interactive as well as intriguing

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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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