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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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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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Loved the presentation.

My favorite part was the step back in time to L.S. Ayres. Well, l also enjoyed the photo presentation as well. So much history. I could have spent more time there, but other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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valparaiso, Indiana
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70 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This museum has so much potential but it is rather shop worn. In an effort to have as much that is interactive as possible, there is little of real historical value. The videos are brief and I detected some omissions which distort Indiana history. Indeed, the Indiana Legends videos were pretty pathetic--lots of people I suspect are people who are... More 

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DoDDS, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My favorite part was the step back in time to L.S. Ayres. Well, l also enjoyed the photo presentation as well. So much history. I could have spent more time there, but other activities were calling. Next time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A fun museum that encourages interaction with the exhibit. Best part was the "you are there" exhibits. You get the history and then get to 'go back in time' and speak to people from that time and experience the setting. Excellent!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Very neat place. Interactive exhibits, beautiful building, cafe with outdoor seating, concerts in the summer and sits right on the canal. Well worth the stop.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Enjoyed the old-time photo studio and had our picture taken (no charge, you pick up your photo on the Internet ). Interesting exhibit of 50s department store. We were in town for the Kiwanis Convention and saw their exhibit there as well.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beauty doesn't even do it justice. This building is stunning. I walked into the atrium and it blew my mind away. The decadence and history makes you feel like you stepped back in time. I can't believe Indian has such a rich history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had the opportunity to see one of the free concerts they have on Thursday nights on the canal. Music was great and it was an excellent evening.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited the center on June 13. At the back is a parking lot. When you buy your tickets the will validate it and you can leave the parking for free. In the first room "Destination Indiana" they show you 8 or 9 different movies, each about a different subject and about 2-3 minutes of length. Or you can sit... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Was in the canal area and decided to pay them a visit, and pass some time. It is a very nice building and a unique history center, what is unique is that they have a number of exhibits, with live actors, you are transported back in time and meet some of the historical characters, instead of just reading you can... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

interesting concept of going back in time by the exhibit . they have people who portray people in the past with the artifacts . they had knowledge of the subject and you can ask questions . I just wish there were more of it there is also the canal to walk around to explore

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Additional Information about Indiana Historical Society

Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone Number: 317-232-1882
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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