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“Super collection, great nature park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208
+1 317-923-1331
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Ranked #3 of 198 things to do in Indianapolis
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With a collection of more than 54,000 works of art, an early-20th-century estate, 152 acres of gardens and grounds, including an outdoor art and nature park, the IMA campus offers experiences that feed both the heart and mind.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Bloomington, Indiana
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“Super collection, great nature park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We visited the museum on a chilly day in March, so didn't visit the 100 acres of outdoor sculptures and paths for wandering this time, but had done so in the past. There is a 35-acre lake adjacent to the nature park, so the vistas are very pleasant. The artwork can be touched and often invites the visitor to sit upon it or otherwise engage with it as well as just looking at it. Because many of the sculptures and art installations are temporary, there is always something new to see. The only complaint I have is that bikes are not allowed.

This museum, one of the oldest "encyclopedic" museums in the country, has a really nice and quite comprehensive collection. On our last visit I didn't get past the European and part of the American rooms in an hour and a half (although I have to admit being a slower museum visitor than many) and then spent some time in the 4thfloor Turner collection, which I hadn't seen before. This is one of the premier Turner collections anywhere. The museum always has several special small exhibits running in addition to its standing, rotating collection, with particular holdings in Asian (especially Japanese) and African art as well as textiles and fashion design. It is very much worth spending a half day or more here.

Visited March 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Great Art Musuem for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This museum has unexpected wonders for art enthusiasts. Works by well known artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Monet, Renoir and Pissarro. Art from all ages and all parts of the world. Amazingly, there is no entrance fee. They accept donations from visitors. We took our grandchildren on a Saturday when they have age appropriate art activities for kids. They enjoyed these, but also enjoyed looking at this incredible art collection. A few years ago I took my brother in law who was art curator at the Illinois State Museum. He was amazed at the quality of art here. Nearby - still on museum grounds is the Art and Nature Park. This is a wooded area with a 35 acre lake and dotted with large pieces of art.
Highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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Indiana
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“fashions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I go to IMA a couple times a year. There is always something new, even in the regular galleries. I love the fashion gallery. An amazing collection with Halston (from Indiana) plus many other innovative designers.

Visited January 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The museum boasts a very broad collection of classical and contemporary art. The park and gardents aree beautiful.

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Muncie, Indiana
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

great collection of a variety of works from artists worldwide, from the old masters to the best of contemporary artists. Everything from sculpture and pottery to watercolor and oil paintings to charcoal and pencil drawings. One could spend days in the museum viewing all the displays.

Visited April 2012
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