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Indiana State Museum

Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone Number: 317-232-1637
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Ranked #26 of 193 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The section dedicated to The Prohibition Era was fascinating! I learned a lot of things I had not known about the Era generally, and about local landmarks that are still in business which hosted "speakeasies". Parking is REALLY convenient and fairly cheap. The exhibit halls are all off a central core atrium, so the walking didn't kill me. Admission was... More 

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chandler, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We visited the Indiana State Museum just last week before heading home from a Pacers game the night previous. It was myself, my husband, and our two oldest boys (ages 11 and 16). I LOVE to read, so the reading wasn't that big of a deal to me - though it can be tiring after a couple of hours, especially... More 

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The museum is very large, very clean,and very interesting. They have all sorts of skeletons of animals, large and small, of animals that once roamed the area. The dioramas are exciting and done really well. They have an area with exhibits that change so there is something different whenever you go. The IMax theater is in the building showing great... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Amazing exhibits about history in general as well as Indiana specific. Loved the Imax theatre. Lots to do and see for all ages. Wonderful, didn't get to see it all.

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