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Indiana Historical Society

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Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
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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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A pleasant summers evening

Since moving back to indianapolis, my wife and I have enjoyed the Indiana Historical Society facility and especially the thursday night concerts in the summer. Both the setting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
WILLIAM JOHN F
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Since moving back to indianapolis, my wife and I have enjoyed the Indiana Historical Society facility and especially the thursday night concerts in the summer. Both the setting and the music are pleasing for a fun summer's evening. If you have the time during July and August you should arrange to stop in on the concerts on the canal

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My history buff-brother LOVED it. I was glad I got half price tickets. They have people dressed up and playing the part of people from various points in Indiana history. Very interesting, especially if you are outgoing or know enough to have lots of questions.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Visitors here will learn some of the wonderful history of Indiana. Interactive exhibits, a real LS Ayres Tea Room restaurant from the 60's-80's, seasonal musical performances in the atrium. It's all good for all ages!

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wonderful exhibits throughout the beautiful facility. Easy access and great overview available as you enter the museum. Make sure you take the time to watch the orientation video to get into the spirit of exploring Indiana's past. The YOU ARE THERE presentations are unique...affording the visitor to chat one-on-one with important Hoosiers.

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Clermont, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Only $7 per adult admission. We were walking by along the canal when our interest was piqued for we are both history buffs. We were very surprised at the quality of the displays and how much we did not know about Indiana. Very well done. As others have mentioned, the interpreters made the experience come alive.

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valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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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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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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