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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™,...

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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My wife and i visited and had a wonderful time there, we would highly recommend for something different to do

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and i visited and had a wonderful time there, we would highly recommend for something different to do

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Thursday evening we attended the opening of the Indiana Historical Society's Christmas Holiday special exhibit. Yes, you can see 50 decorated Christmas Trees. Some are very interesting although many are somewhat commercial. However, regardless of the sponsor, there is a tremendous amount of creativity and effort put into the trees. Worth an hour or two of your time if you... More 

Thank gold-vintner
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This is not a museum. It is the historical archives of the state of Indiana, but has a number of very cool exhibits. It is one of my favorite places to visit and is more adult focused. If you plan to do any research on Indiana history this is the only place to go. The reason I am writing the... More 

Thank Profguy
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Went for the Hoosier salon- juried art exhibit for 2015. Quite impressive display of Indiana artist's paintings and other works. Looked into the other exhibits as well and noticed a broad range of areas covered: black, white, women as well as men. Recommend this museum, especially the library for anyone doing research on genealogy or other specialized area of Hoosier... More 

Thank Sunflowerthailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a fantastic living museum -- they recreate famous photos from Indiana's past -- and provide great historical information on places throughout Indiana and the famous individuals of Indiana history. The library provides excellent facilities for historical and genealogical research.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

There are small interesting rotating exhibits. I generally go early to see these when going for a concert. The story telling arts society has many of their concerts here.

Thank tradIndy
West Lafayette
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Indiana Historical Society is one of the overlooked attractions, but worth a visit. It’s located on the popular Central Canal and has patio tables beside the canal for its Stardust Terrace cafe. The $7 admision ($6.50 seniors) includes convenient free parking in their lot. We were there mainly to see the “That Ayres Look” exhibit, which gave a good overview... More 

Thank Mack3065
Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Friendly, knowledgeable staff and different from most museums-live actors portray characters pertinent to Indiana history-very clever concept of stepping back in time.

Thank L S
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The staff here have always been very friendly and knowledgeable. The location is very convenient if you are already downtown and has easy access to the canal. Worth checking out

Thank Sean F
Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Spent a whole day at the Indiana History Museum, which at first blush appeared a little sparse in content but turned out to be excellent. We saw nine introductory videos, some wall displays, a conservation laboratory with a knowledgeable and interesting docent, an annual art exhibit by Indiana artists, many narrated sets of historical photographs, and two very cool live... More 

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