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Indiana Historical Society

Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Downtown Indianapolis)
Phone Number: 317-232-1882
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Ranked #21 of 65 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Newburgh, IN
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This a excellent place to spend an afternoon and learn about Indiana. My favorite part is the Cole Porter Room where there is a live singer who will sing Cole Porter songs at your request. They provide a menu of the songs. Also there is an area with interactive touch screens which allow you to explore every county in the... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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96 reviews 96 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We went for the Fesitval of Trees, but were surprised by interacting with segments of history with period re-enactors. Everything was very well-done. Didn't allow enough time to see everything. Will be back again. Great family and school field trip destination. Photo opportunity from the living room from The Christmas Story along with the famous leg lamp.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The festival of trees is well worth the visit. Christmas trees presented and decorated by local clubs, societies and businesses. Really puts one in the holiday mood. Really enjoyed "going back in time" with the actors. The gentleman singing Cole Porter tunes was really good. The tree in the Cole Porter room was decorated with a Paris theme with an... More 

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Indianapolis
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We had a "ladies' day out" on Dec. 12th to see the Society's "Festival of Trees" ("A New Hoosier Holiday Tradition"), a presentation of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, clubs, & family groups. There were 25 large trees throughout the IHS building, as well as 4 others decorated by the staff, all of which were well worth the $7.00... More 

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Norwich
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It's nothing like anything I have ever experienced, living historical tableaux that transport you into the past like no other museum. Talk to the Jewish refugee from the death camps, visit a police station during prohibition ... an ever changing range of past times that you can experience for yourself. Loved it. Right in the canal district, on the canal... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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125 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I didn’t do my research on this one! Expecting static exhibits, they actually have three exhibits that contain live actors. One is the first African American doctor in Indianapolis. I was expecting a preachy lecture, but it was actually very interesting and positive. As others have said, the sister is really great, and they aren’t shy about engaging people. The... More 

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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a fun way to spend some time learning about Indiana's history! Located right on the canal, it is a beautiful building with lots of information that you could spend the entire day learning. They also have great reenactment exhibits where you "step back in time" and the people you talk to tell you the history of that time... More 

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Peru, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The "Picture This" experience, complete with period specific characters, was fun and informative. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the doctor's sister!

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is my second time at the museum. I loved it more this second time around. My children ages 13 & 9 enjoy learning about the history of Indiana. The best part is the interactive "You Are There" sites which take you back in time to a point in history based on a photograph. The knowledge that the actresses and... More 

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