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Indiana State Museum

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Address: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
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+1 317-232-1637
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Interesting museum

We loved the IMAX movie showing about the space station. The museum has a lot of information about the early days of Indiana. We especially enjoyed the section showing all the... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2016
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

We loved the IMAX movie showing about the space station. The museum has a lot of information about the early days of Indiana. We especially enjoyed the section showing all the famous people from Indiana. There were school kids there on field trips and all seemed to be enjoying it. There is a section and room with old fossils and... More 

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Oakwood Village, Ohio
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

AS a Buckeye here for a conference, I did not get what an Indiana museum would include. The schoolhouse was interesting, however, and the museum itself is spacious, attractive and light. The restrooms are as clean as any I have seen in a public place. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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Aurora, Ohio
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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We went here because it was close to another attraction and were very impressed by the breadth of their exhibits. We also had a very nice lunch in their dining room. A walk along the nearby canal put icing on the cake.

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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Great place overall. Many traveling exhibits come here, Titanic, Star Wars, Lego etc. A good mix of Indiana history as well. Nice canal setting makes for a relaxing day. IMAX movie theater is great experience. Nice value for the money.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

Traveling to this museum allowed me to gain a deeper insight into all things HOOSIER. The museum features exhibits in a chronological format, from the geological creation of the state, historic exhibits, and pop culture ones as well.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Not a good wedding/reception venue option. With so many excellent options available in Indianapolis, I'd steer clear from this one.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

I try to visit the museum at least once a yr. It is a wonderful exhibition of the history of Indiana. It starts by explaining how the area was formed, animals that were and still are here, the different ppl who lived here, the conflicts they had and the different stages Indiana has gone through to where it is today.... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

This is not your typical museum. It is very well done with modern touches like interactive learning sites. There are volunteers at various stations through out the building who are eager to share their knowledge with visitors. One is able to observe preservationists at work and join in activities through a "You are There" display. You will not be disappointed.

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff and several different sections. Enjoyed the current exhibit about their 200 celebration. Takes one to two hours depending on how through you want to be.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

This is a nice museum for Indiana history. Be sure to visit the Ayres Tea Room for lunch. This Tea room used to be in a Department store called Ayres long ago. They made a replica of it at the State Museum. They still have lunches that were made back then. (like the monte cristo and clown ice cream cone)... More 

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