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Indiana Historical Society

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Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
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Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone Number: 317-232-1882
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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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Plenty to see and do, interesting recreated trips into the past, a beautiful indoor environment, talented interpreters, and a knowledgeable and helpful staff in the library.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Speedway, Indiana
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Speedway, Indiana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Plenty to see and do, interesting recreated trips into the past, a beautiful indoor environment, talented interpreters, and a knowledgeable and helpful staff in the library.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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108 reviews 108 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I went with a senior group and was easy to see all the exhibits & film strips in a couple hours. The film strip about Indiana -- don't pass it up. Very informative. There are people through the museum area to answer questions plus there are people in costume dress for the period of time. Love the Cole Porter exhibit... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The IHS building is easy to get to, there are many different exhibits and activities, has a nice food area, and being right on the Canal, makes a nice day out with the kids

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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339 reviews 339 reviews
15 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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