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Indiana Historical Society

450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Downtown Indianapolis)
317-232-1882
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Ranked #31 of 80 attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tampa, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Ours was an atypical experience at IHS -- we didn't tour the attraction, but rather held my daughter's wedding there. The venue is interesting and beautiful and the staff were very nice and accommodating. I would highly recommend this venue for a beautiful and memorable wedding!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

A beautiful place aesthetically, it is hard to know just where you want to start. The full sized mastodon exhibit is exceptional.There is also a actual old grade school which was preserved and moved there, I believe from the 1920's so people can glimpse into the past. There is also an outstanding walk into the past,where you go through "smoke",... More

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Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

First of all, I must admit that I love downtown Indianapolis...especially the sights around the canal. My daughters and I were at the Lucas Oil stadium for the BOA competitions and had some time to kill so we walked from there to the Historical museum, as I had not been to that one before. It was a brisk day so... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We went to this museum on free museum day through Smithsonian. Expected more exhibits , not organized to have a flow to visit. Not sure how it stays open, not enough to interest to come back. Had a section where you could work with paper, not sure how that was historical. Need to change exhibits to have more traffic. What... More

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Crothersville, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We visited this museum as part of the Hoosier Salon exhibition for Hoosier artists. As others have already mentioned, the Cole Porter room is a delightful surprise and the singers are very talented and knowledgeable about his life. The room is set up as a lounge would have been during Porter's life, including a song menu of tunes he composed... More

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Elmhurst, Ill.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

While on a weekend trip to Indianapolis, we wandered into this museum. We weren't sure what to expect, but it exceeded our expectations. Our first surprise was walking past the Cole Porter Room. Set up like a 1920s pub, visitors may overlook it, thinking it is a museum cafe. But it's a tribute to Porter, a Peru, Indiana, native, with... More

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Bremen, IN
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Historicial Society building is located next to the Indiana Government Plaza, Statehouse, and the Canal Walk. It is a beautiful, large, airy, relatively new structure filled with timeless exhibits about Indiana's history. A film runs continuously highlighting many different topics. At other individual video stations guests can zoom in on individual counties to see photographs telling the county's history.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'm not sure what else to add that others did not already do so. I purchased a Groupon for this and they were not charging for parking that day so it was really a budget visit. The kids (ages 13 and 16) were complaining before we entered the door about how they didn't want to go to another museum. They... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I had the opportunity to visit the Indiana Historical Society which includes interactive exhibits. They were absolutely fantastic! Three exhibits included interaction with actor who are portraying people and situations in Indiana's history. Visitors are able to talk to these actors about a particular day in Indiana's history. It was a terrific experience!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I had the honor of sitting on the Community Advisory board for "You Are There 1939: Healing Bodies, Changing Minds" exhibit, as a student, thanks to a recommendation from my professor. Being part of the board was not only eye-opening, the exhibit itself is awesome! This specific experience focuses on Dr. Harvey Middleton, who was an African-American cardiologist here in... More

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