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“Great and peaceful way to spend an afternoon”

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Ranked #5 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Carmel, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great and peaceful way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

After touring this contemporary museum head for a leisurely
walk thru the 100 acre woods. Beautiful, meditative and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Visited February 2013
Thank joyandlaughter1
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Rockledge, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Modern, Nice, Movies???”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

It's a beautiful museum with remarkable artwork and... Movies on the Terrace, a series of evening movie screenings the museum uses to fundraise. Seating starts well before sunset and the terrace is full of blankets full of people with candles and gourmet food with wine/beer. Very nice!

Visited June 2012
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Jamestown, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Must Visit!”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Parking is cheap but not free, like $5. The admission, however, is free. You could literally spend an entire day wondering around this place. The galleries are phenomenal and the museum does a great job of adding new interesting exhibits and keeping things fresh, without sacrificing the favorites some of us have come to know and love. During the warmer months, I highly recommend touring the grounds and the Lily house.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Mariah G
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Outstanding museum”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Diverse set of collections and well curated, lovely architecture for the edifice as well, good restaurant, museum is organized well.

Visited February 2013
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Fishers, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An Indianapolis treasure”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has so much to do that it never ceases to amaze me that the whole place is free! You do have to pay for parking if you want to park close to the museum itself or in the underground parking garage, but free parking can still be found by the greenhouse. The bad news is that finding a place to park by the greenhouse has gotten very competitive on warm days. The museum is three floors of art including American art, European art, Asian art, and modern art. All the galleries surround a huge three-story atrium that on some nights hosts live bands and appetizers. During the summer, free movies are show on the terrace in the back.

Next door to the museum is the Lily House and Oldfields Estate. The mansion is open the same hours as the museum and is also free to tour. The first floor is decorated as it would have been when the Oldfields occupied the house while the second floor rooms have displays telling of the history of the house and Indianapolis.The grounds feature amazing gardens and trails that are very popular with photographers. In fact, I proposed to my now wife in the gardens, we had our engagement photos taken there, and we more recently had our daughters first professional photos taken there.

Across the canal in the back is 100 Acres, a new sculpture park featuring sculptures created specifically for the park in Indianapolis. It's a beautiful wooded setting surrounding a central lake and visitors are free to climb on some of the exhibits.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Brandon H
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