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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 #27 of 193 things to do 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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92 reviews 92 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The Indiana Historical Society continually produces interesting exhibits in the "You Are There" series. It's really neat to be immersed into a time period instead of simply reading about it, looking at a photo/painting, or hearing something from that time. They have characters you can speak with, pick up items, and participate in whatever is going on. I've seen three... More 

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Indiana, USA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The Indiana Historical Society is located by the Indianapolis Downtown Canal at 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis. The Historical Society is a great experience for history buffs and people wanting to learn a bit more about Indiana and Hoosier History. The Indiana Experience begins as an interactive display where you can choose different topics, counties, cities and time periods to... More 

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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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97 reviews 97 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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