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Indiana State Museum

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Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone Number: 317-232-1637
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Description: Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions The Indiana State Museum in...
Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis is the place to go to uncover Indiana’s secrets. The museum houses exhibits on science, art, culture and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum provides stunning views and architecture, making it a great venue for weddings, special events or meetings. Home to the famous L.S. Ayres Tea Room restaurant, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen.
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We saw the Jean Michel Cousteau movie at the IMAX theater and loved it! The new photo gallery was great as well as the Lincoln memorial.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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87 reviews 87 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We saw the Jean Michel Cousteau movie at the IMAX theater and loved it! The new photo gallery was great as well as the Lincoln memorial.

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Dayton, Ohio
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31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Happened upon this museum. Will need to come back next year and bring our pinewood derby cars. They had an awesome set up with the track starting on the 2nd floor!

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Columbia, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My husband and I went here during the Final Four games. It cost about $20-$30 for two adults. There are natural history exhibits, American History exhibits, and others that vary. We got to see the Lincoln exhibit and a photographer. We've been to the Charleston Museum (in SC) and one in Chicago so we really weren't impressed. It was about... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Even though we only made it through about half, the museum was full of interesting facts, exhibits and memorabilia. We learned a lot of things that we didn't know about our state and the history of our big backyard. We even learned why our cats prefer pig meat (big cat eats peccary), that two kinds of woolly mammoths got together... More 

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Greensburg, Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This too requires an entry fee but it is an interesting thing to see as it relates to the history of Indiana. I think it is going through a renovation and it has room to improve with additional exhibits. I thought the Lincoln exhibition was very good and it will someday be a top museum of state history.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Spent a Sunday afternoon exploring this museum and was really impressed. I was a little rushed for time so only spent an hour and half or so walking round. The Natural History section is very interesting (I have an interest in this kind of stuff anyway) although some of the exhibits needed a little more light to get the most... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The Lincoln exhibit was worth the price of admission itself. They did a great job with showing how the country really had grief when President Lincoln died.

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Calgary
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great museum about the history on Indiana. Gound floor natural history section has some Indiana specific info but overall is basic and general. Lots of cool tidbits and facts on the second floor about the history and local area. The museum follows a semi walkthrough design where it guides you to see everything in the gallery, but not quite. Lots... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This was a great Museum t o visit for history of Indiana. Also perfect in size, was able to see all of museum without rushing.

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Eureka, ill
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

spent most of a day there and were impressed with the quality of the exhibits. There are three different parts to the museum we enjoyed the prohibition exhibit a lot.

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