Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In honor of his wit and wisdom, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library champions the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library and museum serves as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation.
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KG wanderer
Columbus, OH6 contributions
Jun 2021
I recently discovered the Kurt Vonnegut Museum on a trip to Indy, as I was looking for something interesting to do. Glad I did. I am a Vonnegut fan. I have read many of his books and seen him speak, but I learned so much about him from the tour given by the curator, Chris, and the exhibits in the museum. Chris is very knowledgeable and passionate about Kurt Vonnegut's work and history, and he shared personal stories that gave me a deeper perspective on Vonnegut's life. I highly recommend this museum to anyone who is a Vonnegut fan already or looking to learn more about him.
Written June 19, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,647 contributions
Jan 2020
I have a library filled with hundreds of books. No fiction. So why did I choose to visit the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis? Well, I haven't read much of William Faulkner's work but I visited his Rowan Oak estate in Oxford, Mississippi. So why not Kurt Vonnegut? I was curious. Located at 543 Indiana Avenue, it was opened to the public last November. Originally, it opened in 2011 in the Emelie Building at 340 North Senate Avenue. It is dedicated to championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of Vonnegut, an Indianapolis native who died in 2007. The building includes a library, museum, art gallery and reading room. I haven't read Slaughterhouse Five or Slapstick or Galapagos. But he was a fascinating character/writer/activist who wrote about many issues that affect our lives. The museum features rare remnants from his life, including the author's Purple Heart medal awarded for his service in Germany in World War II, his Smith-Corona typewriter, an unopened box of his favorite Pall Mall cigarettes discovered by his children behind a bookcase following his death, an unopened letter sent overseas during WW II to the author from his father, a series of rejection letters sent to the author by magazines and a complete replica of his writing studio. On the wall of the reading room that includes a selection of his books is a quote by the author: "We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful what we pretend to be." The visit is well worthwhile.
Written January 16, 2020
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darthgrim
Cedar Park, TX239 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
The space is a small, two room bookstore with a few displays of Vonnegut's personal effects, such has his typewriter, and a recreation of his office. The curator was very kind and gave me a tour and explanation of the collection even though I came so close to closing time. He was extremely knowledgeable and even gave me the addresses to Vonnegut's childhood home and the building his grandfather used to own, which is now a Biergarden.

You don't need much time at all to visit, unless you want to take more time viewing several of Vonnegut's letters they have scanned into a computer on-site. Best of all, the library is free!
Written October 31, 2015
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Diane G
Tehachapi, CA29 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
I love good old Kurt, I even got to see him speak once in college. I have read a lot of what he wrote and I am an English teacher so I am a fan. With that said realize this place is two small rooms that you see when you walk in. As you pAy your 8 dollars a person at the cashier realize at that moment you are seeing it all. Look at the other reviews here and on Yelp and you see pictures of anything significant or interesting. If you are a fan come in buy a t shirt or patch , pay for it and you have seen everything! If the price were 3 bucks I would say pay it. I looked at my admission as hopefully a donation to a good cause and therefor perhaps not a waste of money.
Written January 3, 2019
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ChrissyHny
Tennessee150 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
I've read a few of Vonnegut's novels and short story collections, and this museum was less than a mile from my hotel (Hyatt Regency). There's not a lot here--they have Vonnegut's typewriter, a few pieces of art featuring him, a collection of his books, a recreation of his office, and a few personal items including his Purple Heart. There's also a small gift shop with copies of his books and the usual souvenirs (T-shirts, magnets, etc.)
It's free, and can easily be seen in less than half an hour. They also have two interactive exhibits--videos (though I couldn't hear what was being said, the volume was too low) and a computer with information on Vonnegut. They offer free tours, but there isn't much information provided for self-guided tours. You'd need to be a Vonnegut fan to appreciate this museum, it didn't seem to me to be intended for the average tourist. But still a nice stop if you're in the area.
Written September 17, 2013
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Dave46033
Fishers, IN307 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited this museum today, Feb. 11th, 2020 and were greeted at the front door by Max. He lead us through this museum with lots of factual tidbits about Kurt Vonnegut's life and how he overcame early rejections. We also learned about Kurt's military service in Europe and why he earned a Purple Heart . . . for frostbite. There was also an exhibit about the bombing of the city of Dresden on Valentine's Day, 1944. And, this is the reason "Slaughter House Five" was written. Quirky, mysterious, talented and eccentric are all words that I can use to describe Kurt, but his writings played on his legacy.
Written February 11, 2020
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Darwin P
San Francisco, CA48 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Small but interesting place, essentially a storefront, with his typewriter and some other items of interest.
To "hear" some displays, you need to have a smartphone. Ridiculous--there should at least be a script available.
Written July 8, 2018
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EZGoing50
Buellton, CA21 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Wonderful place for anyone that wants to experience being transported into a tiny corner of a great writers life. The founder Julia Whitehead is a delight if you are as fortunate as I to meet her during a visit. If you are a Vonnegut fan and within driving distance (I was in town on business) take the time....make the time...go.
Written December 2, 2014
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blue-skies-59
Wareham, MA25 contributions
Apr 2019
Stopped by on 4/29 to check it out. Museum is relocating and closed until further notice . Too bad, Kurt was a favorite author of mine in my 20’s....slapstick was my fav
Written April 29, 2019
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thatawaydad.com
Saint Louis, MO164 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
It is not a big museum. I don't think it is worth it if you don't do the tour with a tour guide. She really provided a lot of details on what you see in the museum. I think would be good if they could expand it and maybe have some more personal effects and artwork he did. Maybe a reproduction of what it was like for him in Germany or maybe a video presentation on his life. I think there is so much more they could do. It is a start and decent museum, but I think there could be more done.
Written March 12, 2018
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  • Thu - Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM