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Indiana Historical Society

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Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone Number: 317-232-1882
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s...
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
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This was FREE the day we were there, which was a bonus... This is such a fabulous place to spend time, if we lived in this state, I would be a member for sure! We loved the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was FREE the day we were there, which was a bonus... This is such a fabulous place to spend time, if we lived in this state, I would be a member for sure! We loved the exhibits, they were done so well, the staff was awesome and we just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!! Didn't want to leave, so many wonderful... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This terrific museum is locate near everything in the center city. it is on the canal which is a terrific site to visit on it's own, is surrounded by other attractions like the Zoo and the Eiteljorg museum, and a great IMAX theatre. This museum is set up in distinct pods specializing in various periods or types of historical artifacts.... More 

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Fort Wayne, IN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went for the festival of trees, which was nice. But we really enjoyed the "You Are There" exhibit about Indiana's Great Flood of 1913 - the exhibit was so thorough and the pictures of the destruction of Indianapolis from the flood waters were very moving. I especially like the simulated TV broadcast of what the newscasters would have been... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A nice looking building with some interesting exhibits. Not as much to see or do as other attractions in the city. Free entrance so worth going to see what's on when you're visiting.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The facility is beautiful and is very family friendly although it's great for all ages. The festival of trees in December was beautiful. The Indiana experience is entertaining and educational. The Cole Porter room invovles live, interactive music.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Wonderful place to spend an hour or a day. Right on the canal 2 minute walk to the Medal of Honor monument, 5 minute walk to center of downtown. They have some very good traveling exhibits and displays, check the website to see whats "on" here

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this museum took about two hours to visit and was interesting. Exhibits were well presented and very representative of the city's history.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The Indiana Historical Society continually produces interesting exhibits in the "You Are There" series. It's really neat to be immersed into a time period instead of simply reading about it, looking at a photo/painting, or hearing something from that time. They have characters you can speak with, pick up items, and participate in whatever is going on. I've seen three... More 

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Indiana, USA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The Indiana Historical Society is located by the Indianapolis Downtown Canal at 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis. The Historical Society is a great experience for history buffs and people wanting to learn a bit more about Indiana and Hoosier History. The Indiana Experience begins as an interactive display where you can choose different topics, counties, cities and time periods to... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My husband and I were intrigued by a clock outside this building whose hands were going backwards. Come to find out that it was a building filled with so much of Indiana's history. We stopped in to discover they were having a Festival of Trees and it was free day. The trees were beautiful, each one having a different theme... More 

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