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Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-1637
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Ranked #27 of 83 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I managed to spend an hour or two here before going to the airport and it was a trip I was glad to have squeezed in. The museum is lovely, great facility, well laid out and gave me a walk through time. Not often when on business trips you can find the time to see the local sights but I'm... More

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I thought the museum was reasonably priced and well put together. It's located in a great area with plenty of things around to keep you busy for hours. I do wish they would offer more IMAX movies and times but I recommend spending some time in the State Museum.

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I brought my 83 year old mother and father here. They met in Indy in the 50s when she was a teacher at Tech and he was stationed at Fort Ben. They really enjoyed the portion of the museum dedicated to the state in the 40s-70s. The prehistoric scientific stuff-not so much.

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York, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A beautiful presentation of artifacts found in Indiana...And some of those items are currently in use in my home...Several interactive stations...A dramatic presentation of the formation of Earth...

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Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I thought this museum would have a lot more! The kids got bored pretty quickly! Seems to be for older kids if any.

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Columbia City, Indiana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It's nice that there is plenty of room to move about so you aren't shoulder to shoulder with those around you looking at exhibits. Many things to look at, some hands-on displays that helps the stay younger visitors engaged. Very nice and clean. The only downside was the entry from the parking garage was locked with no signage, so we... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I work at a museum and am pretty picky about museums, but this one exceeded my expectations. Great displays, interpretations that were interesting to both us parents and our kids, and a fascinating variety. Nice cafe (though wish we could have eaten in the tea room) and good museum shop. I highly recommend for all ages.

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Puyallup, Washington
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Excellent layout and even with three hours we did not see it all. Plan to return. Friendly staff and excellent review of each period of history. As noted by others lot of kids of all ages to do. I would recommend this museum for all ages! Well divided so even with a large number of people easy to move around.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Beginning with the fingerprint of earth's history (dinosaurs, fossils, etc.), then transitioning into the geological and biological history of Indiana, followed by an informative history of the State of Indiana, the ISM was a pleasant surprise that was captivating and informative. An added bonus is its location so that one can leave the building and be on the magnificent Canal... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The interior of this building is attractive. The atmosphere is relaxing and peaceful. We loved to see old car and train in the big hall.

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