Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Hours, Address, Indianapolis Museum of Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Gardens
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,781 contributions
Couples
The art museum is now referred to as Newfields which includes the Lily House and gardens. Of course now they have The Lume which currently features the Van Gogh immersion event. This was the event we paid to see. This is on the fourth floor and includes several rooms that project images of Van Gogh’s stunning work in a loop. We were here for an hour absorbing the beautiful images on the walls and on the floor. It’s $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers plus a small handling fee. We felt it was a good value in itself but this also includes the permanent art collection plus the Lily House and gardens. Since it was cold and rainy we skipped the Lily House and gardens(seen it several years ago) but enjoyed the permanent exhibits. When you consider other cities are charging more for this event alone you can appreciate the real value of seeing the permanent art collection along with the Van Gogh immersion event. I do have one bone to pick. As we were the first ones to see this when the museum opened at 11:00 am on a cold and rainy day the staff left us out in the cold and pouring rain until exactly 11:00 am. I guess rules are rules as one person said waiting in the rain with my wife and I. Still I can’t see why they couldn’t at least allow us in the lobby to keep us from getting drenched. Considering there were a number of senior citizens(I among them I must confess) stuck in the cold and pouring rain I felt that was rather unfeeling. Others with me thought the same. Once admitted inside those of us who had tickets to The Lume were instructed to proceed to the fourth floor, however, once we reached the second floor by escalator a staff member demanded to know if we checked in downstairs first. The woman in front of us could barely disguise her frustration and anger when she had to explain we were instructed to go directly to the fourth floor. The Van Gogh immersion event and the price was well worth it. We can’t say the same for some of the staff. We have memberships to other art museums that treat us well.
Written April 6, 2022
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,781 contributions
Couples
After seeing the Van Gogh immersion event earlier this year we stopped by on our way back from Chicago to see Monet & Friends. Although Monet & Friends was enjoyable we didn’t feel it was as good as the Van Gogh immersion event. Perhaps the novelty of the first visit was no longer there. Still it was an enjoyable time and very reasonable if you consider what is being charged in other cities. Remember also included is the permanent exhibits and the the Newfields Gardens. We did take advantage of the permanent exhibits, however, it was another day of on and off rain so we skipped the gardens. Besides we were tired from the long drive from Chicago in the rain of course. We did enjoy the 70s fashion exhibit that featured some wild designs plus a few from the legendary Andy Warhol. There is plenty of free parking and much of it in the covered garage. Perfect for a rainy day.
Written August 7, 2022
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,885 contributions
Couples
You MUST reserve your time online ahead of time. Once you pay, you get a pdf ticket per person that they scan when you enter the museum. Please wear a mask at all times.

Well curated exhibits, especially the African art section. Not a ton of items in comparison to some other art museums in other cities but the pieces they do have are great representations of the art history and style of each timeframe on display.
Written January 3, 2021
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Paul R
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Family
We are from Chicago which is home to spectacular museums, and our family loved the Indianapolis museum. It had a large variety of art, indoors and it had beautiful gardens and sculptures on the grounds of the museum. Highly recommend you put this on the top of your list if you’re visiting Indianapolis.
Written April 20, 2022
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natalieb
Bloomington, IN74 contributions
Couples
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the museum. The timed entry and social-distancing efforts worked well and were not a hindrance in any way.

This museum is well-laid out with plenty of space allowed to enjoy each piece of art. It seemed that there were more opportunities to sit and ponder a work than in many museums.

We were disappointed that some of the spaces were between exhibits, but it gives us good reason to return! I especially enjoyed the Design Arts collection. There was a good balance of unique and quirky pieces mixed with famous pieces of which reproductions can be found.

Overall, a great way to spend a cold February afternoon. Will certainly be going back when the gardens are in bloom!
Written February 15, 2021
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Sally S
glorious Midwest92 contributions
Newfields is the name for this complex of art museum, gardens, sculpture garden, and estate, and the art is why we came. It is one of the most impressive collections I've seen, and I'm a worldwide art museum traveler. Its strong suit is the newly installed galleries that display objects in a fresh, unexpected context, not strictly chronological or geographical. You'll see an antique Flemish tapestry right next to a giant 2000s African artist's tapestry made of bottle caps. This kind of thing can work or not, depending on how well reasoned the presentation is--and it works, consistently. The wall text also took on important issues surrounding art acquisition and display, like colonialism and the move to repatriate artworks. Should pieces stay or go back? Is a ceramicist born in 1980 the same caliber as as an Old Master? The viewer has a lot to think about. Good cafeteria too.
Written July 1, 2022
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dennismQ5755SP
Zionsville, IN281 contributions
Please Note: This museum now is called Newfields. We went to the museum on the third day of the new Van Gogh exhibition, called Lume. While many art purists are sure to be offended by the exhibit, it could only be called Outstanding. We have been to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, so we did not expect to actually see a great many paintings by the master, but the exhibit uses all the latest media tricks to show Van Gogh as his best and put his life in context. Heartily recommended for everyone--of all ages!
Written August 1, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is an encyclopedic art museum that is the cornerstone of Newfields, a 152-acre campus that also houses Lily House, the Gardens at Newfields, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park and the Bear Garden. Located at the corner of North Michigan Road and West 38th Street, northwest of Crown Hill Cemetery, about three miles north of downtown Indianapolis, it is the ninth oldest and eighth largest encyclopedic museum in the United States. Its permanent collection represents cultures from all over the world, spans over 5,000 years and comprises of over 54,000 works, including African, American, Asian and European. Significant areas are neo-impressionist paintings, Japanese paintings of the Edo period, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, South Pacific, ancient art of the Mediterranean, American paintings and sculpture, works by J.M.W. Turner and paintings, sculptures and prints by Paul Gauguin. The textile and fashion art collection is made up of 7,000 items, including 20th century custom designed costumes by Givenchy, Chanel and Balmain. Notable pieces include an Imperial Russian court dress by designer Charles Frederick Worth and a Ming Dynasty silk panel. The Van Gogh exhibit is gone but Monet's vivid colors and Rembrandt's self-portrait remain on display. Also works by Cezanne, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper, Calder, LeWitt, Sherman, Lichtenstein, Chagall and Matisse. Also view the galleries of art from Asia, ancient Greece, South America and beyond.
Written May 30, 2022
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Randy T
Avon, IN477 contributions
For years we have talked about going to see the Winterlights at the Indianapolis Art Museum, now called Newfields, but have never taken the time to actually plan a night to visit, order the tickets, etc. But this year, our daughter mentioned that they were going so we decided we couldn't miss this opportunity. We picked the 8 pm time slot, which allowed us to meet in SoBro for dinner, and then it was an easy drive over to Newfields. I'm sure from now on we will want to make this an annual winter time family event.
Written January 21, 2020
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TJC
Indianapolis, IN165 contributions
Rude, obnoxious and stuffy folks at the door. The greeter reminded me of the snobby (whites only) country clubs of the 50’s America. Our group got a 10 minute lecture about preregistering for tickets since clearly people who show up are “not worthy” of entry. We left and spent our time elsewhere. A ROTTEN EXPERIENCE!
Written August 16, 2021
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