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Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

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Dave46033 wrote a review Feb 2020
Fishers, Indiana316 contributions70 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Taylor B wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,412 contributions5,227 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Michael G wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This is good for an hour or two if you like Kurt Vonnegut. We were lucky to have the museum curator walk us through most of the small museum. It was enriching and got me and my girlfriend talking about Vonnegut related topics. We were both happy that we went there.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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blue-skies-59 wrote a review Apr 2019
Wareham, Massachusetts25 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Diane G wrote a review Jan 2019
Tehachapi, California27 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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