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“Time Well Spent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum
500 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 636 9378
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Ranked #9 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: The museum houses Indian artifacts, as well as works by famous Western artists.
Minneapolis MN
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“Time Well Spent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great collection of Native American and Western art. They have some nice Georgia O'Keefe pieces, and some amazing pencil art that you'll think are photographs. A day well spent 0 won't even take you a whole day, but a very nice time.

Visited August 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You would never expect to find a museum full of stunning Southwest art and artifacts in the middle of Indianapolis but that describes the Eiteljorg Museum to a T. I was surprised to find beautiful southwest art by some of the most famous names in the genre. In addition to their collection, they had a special exhibit by Ansel Adams while we were there. Even the gift shop was amazing, filled with beautiful southwest jewelery, toys, clothing and housewares. This is definately a place to spend a day enjoying all they have to offer. There is also a restaurant but we didn't have time to stay and eat. Great place!

Visited June 2014
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Dry Ridge, Kentucky
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“Very nice museum and the Ansel Adams exhibit was great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very nice collection of Western art and bronze statues including some Remingtons. Went especially for the Ansel Adams collection and was not disappointed. Excellent location inside the White River State Park and a lot of things to do within walking distance.

Visited June 2014
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Braintree, Massachusetts
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“Mixed Reactions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My $12 admission got me the museum, entry to the Indian Market (annual/two days in June), and a special exhibit of Ansel Adams photos. My time was limited, so I was unable to view the American Indian/ native American artifacts on the upper level. I have read that these items are recently made, not antique, but cannot confirm. Although a number of well-known Western artists are represented in the collection, I was disappointed in the general level of artistry and themes...Remington's bronzes being a notable exception. I felt that many of the paintings depicted native American life in a kind of cigar store Indian/static sort of way. I suspect a native American would have cause to complain about cultural sensitivity. The Indian market was interesting especially the musical and cultural aspects. Some of the arts and crafts were of high quality, especially the silverwork, but it was a mixed bag. Nice to see so many tribes represented. Realtively few native Americans present and really the whole event seemed lightly attended. The museum building itself is architecturally interesting and there is a marvelous TexMex restaurant with a balcon overlooking the canal and park.

Visited June 2014
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Naperville, Illinois
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“An unexpected and inclusive collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I was drawn to The Eiteljorg by the visiting Ansel Adams Museum Collection, and took the opportunity to look around a little further. I admit to being surprised at the notion of Native American and Western Art in Indianapolis; having spent time in Arizona and the Pacific North West I haven't got used to the idea of a "Western" connection in Indianapolis!

The Museum is a fine building, well laid out, and staffed by welcoming personnel. I would have preferred slightly better lighting for the Adams exhibition, but the space served it's purpose well and provided plenty of room for visitors without feeling like we were on each others toes.

While there I also visited the Gay Rodeo portrait exhibition by Blake Little, which was excellent, and several of the other visiting exhibits. In each case the material was well curated and of cultural and artistic significance. During my visit there was also an Indian Market Fair which was well run and worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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