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. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    What a good collection of European and American art. Excellent and we didn't have enough time. Worth returning fir more study  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The museum is very large and the collections are attractive and engaging. That being said the entrance fee is steep, so plan this as an all day activity, start inside, then take a break enjoy the gard...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I didn't get into the museum but the gardens are sprawling and lovely. There are several cool pieces of outdoor artwork and the Lily House is also on the grounds  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    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!
  • May 29, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    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!
  • June 7, 2017
    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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