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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Greensburg, Indiana
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Greensburg, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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Girard, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Our family visited the museum on the last Saturday in January in the afternoon and there were no crowds at all. The admission prices and Imax film cost us around $63 dollars. At first I thought that it may be overpriced but soon found out it is a very nice museum with lots to see and learn and we really... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A little late sharing this, as I visited the museum Jan. 2015. This is a wonderful facility in the downtown area. Parking was easy. I was lucky enough to find a spot not far from the underground entrance. No waiting as I paid my entrance fee. My purpose was to see the restored copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Indiana State Museum has so many unique exhibits. Prehistoric culture, ROCKS (one of our favorite things) Local history and pop culture.There is also a large IMAX theater inside that plays a variety of movies. Located right on the canal downtown, it is really fun to wander through the museum and then out by the Indiana clock (it plays "back... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

OK - Perspective. We live just outside Washington DC, so realize that we're spoiled by the Smithsonian Museum's. We thought the Indiana State Museum was a nicely laid out, informative journey from geologic formation through modern times (in the eye's of "Indiana" - which makes sense). They have a current exhibit on prohibition which was very well done. We did... More 

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