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Indiana State Museum

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Address: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
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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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Beautiful, but a little steep for my basketball team size.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 12, 2015
Christina D
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Muncie, Indiana
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Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon. Well worth the admission price. The exhibits go through the history of Indiana and include Indiana art, Native Americans, industry, nature and geology of the state.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

I finally made it to the state museum and it did not disappoint. You get a really good feel for the geography and history of the Hoosier state. Even if you are not a Hoosier, it is a great place for history buffs and museum fans! Step back into time with many of the 'real life' experiences from periods in... More 

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South Haven, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

Lots of great exhibits on Indiana history. Current exhibit till Oct 2015 is on quilts. Fascinating history told through these quilts that span something like 150 years. Well done. The two story gift shop is unique and a good place to explore. Rocks and minerals to Dillenger's sedan make for a wide array of exhibits. Love that the building is... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

I spent a glorious afternoon at the Indiana State Museum experiencing "That Ayres Look" a tribute to Indy's hometown department store. The exhibit was captivating, interactive and chock full of nostalgia! An actor portrayed Lyman S. Ayres, wonderfully in character, he volleyed great answers to questions staying true to history. The exhibit took me back to a time when The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

As me and my son walked around the museum It is amazing Liked reading the history The bridge that goes over the canal is great lived looking down and seeing paddle boats and canoes going by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is definitely a must see for anyone living or visiting Indiana. Lots of exhibits and things to see relating to Indiana's past, present, and even future! Underground parking facility, within walking distance to some of the downtown hotels, and on the White River Canal.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2015

We visited the museum on June 11. There is a parking lot under the museum (W. Washington Street at Eiteljorg museum). The entrance fee for the museum is $13. We always visit the State Museum when we are in the capitol of a state. A lot of them are free or give discount for active military. Most of them were... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2015

Loved the museum. worth a visit. time flies as you walk from one room to another looking at the paintings, collectibles and the walls filled with stories. I ran out of time. Memorable visit. Would like to visit again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2015

The State Museum, Eitlejorg museum and the Zoo are all on the same campus with access to all three along the canal. The State museum hosts the original Ayres Tea Room which was a standard in the 60s and their original chicken velvet soup is still served there for lunch. There is an Omnimax theater, many exhibits (check to see... More 

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