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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  • I've been here many times and it never fails to amaze me at how much I enjoy being here. I love photography and every time I take a trip here, I have my camera with me. There is so much to see and lea...  more »
  • This place is massive and has something for everyone! I've been a frequent visitor to the IMA for three years, and I've seen it go through many changes. Here are some perks: 1. Free parking 2. Beautif...  more »
  • This place is amazing!! The place is Huge!! I could have spent all day here! Besides the art museum which is great there is the Lilly House and 150 acres of garden. Being a lover of old homes, I espec...  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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