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Indiana Historical Society

450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #28 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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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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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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222 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Decided that this year we were going to see the town we lived it. It came to our attention that we knew more about San Antonio that our hometown. This is a little known, oft overlooked treasure house. Several rooms which create glimpses of the past. Had our photo taken (for free) at the turn of the century photographer's studio.... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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92 reviews 92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a unique museum as there aren't very many displays but more or an interactive experience with individuals acting in character to describe events that have occurred in Indiana. My daughter enjoyed it much more then I thought she would and while it's not an all day type of place it's a good place to kill an hour. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I'm very impressed how nice is the place I amazed how we can go back in time and feel that way . This is great way to Lear about Indiana . The stuff is very friendly would highly recommended to my family and friend this is must see if you in Indianapolis also $7 is well worth !!!!!! Absolutely love... More

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Tampa, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
15 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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