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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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A true wonder

What a wonderful surprise. This is a gorgeous building, very carefully planned to reflect all of Indiana. It has a sculpture for every one of the 92 counties in Indiana around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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valparaiso, Indiana
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Angola, Indiana
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The front entrance was under construction, so it took a little away from the exterior view. I was here with a private party and we walked around to the canal entrance and the walk was beautiful. Once inside I took advantage of the time while others ate I walked unimpeded through the whole museum. There is a lot to see... More 

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valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

What a wonderful surprise. This is a gorgeous building, very carefully planned to reflect all of Indiana. It has a sculpture for every one of the 92 counties in Indiana around the outside, all attached to, what else, Indiana limestone. A plaque explaining a few characteristics of each county is at eye level, though many of the sculptures are way... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The museum is in a nice location and probably quite interesting to those who like museums. I am not a museum person and tend to like those that have extras like the Milwaukee Public Museum. Well, this museum was boring for me and at least one of my kids. There is a lot to see though, so if you are... More 

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Nashville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Core museum does a nice interactive job of telling the history of Indiana; also has a series of neat changing exhibits that I try to get to frequently. Add the IMAX Theater and special events and you can always find a good day's worth of activity at the State Museum.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Just a great museum with good exhibits presented impartially. Watch for special events, such as the Asian festival every spring. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

This museum was a blast! However, they were renovating a lot of their displays as well as the front of the building. The steam clock was also on the fritz. A lot of repairs needed to be done but overall it was a great experience!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The photo you see here of the canal, was inspired by my dad Dick Dube' who was the developer of the area planning, and who was responsible for the USS Indianapolis memorial that was placed here. This is a historical area, renovated with a beautiful slow flowing canal where they have kayak races annually. Great views from the luxury condos... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Interesting exhibits -- convenient location on the canal. Hands on stations that allow kids to learn about fossils and informative staff who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Very similar to other museums.

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Convoy, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My family went for a special exhibit, but were surprised with how nice and interesting the rest of the (permanent) exhibits were. There is a big diversity of things covered and it had my kids asking lots of questions. Some of the displays (like the presence of the KKK in the history of Indiana) lead to some pretty deep discussions... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I brought my girl's basketball team downtown for a tournament and we went to the museum to get food. After looking around the area we decided to go into the museum. We only had an hour to spend so only two floors were covered. The price is a little much for only having an hour. Had we had more time... More 

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Additional Information about Indiana State Museum

Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone Number: 317-232-1637
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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