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Indianapolis Museum of Art
Ranked #5 of 166 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
New Palestine, Indiana
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The museum has come a long way,My grand daughters love going there bad part we can hardly get them to leave.All familes should try and go it is worth every penny.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Judith E
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English first
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Can't believe its free!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Visited Indianapolis for the first time and we were very impressed by the IMA. And to think it had free admission except, however, for the separate Ai Weiwei exhibit. For that alone, there was a $12 adult admission. The exhibits were varied and most enjoyable. Well worth a visit. It was a nice surprise to learn that photography is allowed in the galleries. Our only disappointment was with the weather. Because of the rain, we could not roam the grounds. The museum is definitely worth many return visits.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank MDBPA
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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319 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Excellent museum. Much better than the Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA museum of art.

This is an outstanding museum and shows that money is being invested to make improvements and to bring rotating displays.

We have been there four times. It's a large museum so we recommended covering the museum in several visits. Recommended.

Visited June 2012
Thank Delmar M
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New York City, New York
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful collection and a beautiful building”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

I wish we had had time to explore the grounds. We were there on a beautiful spring morning, and the plantings around the front entrance were interesting and unusual.

We had a quick bite in the museum cafe which was very good, better than you usually find in these sorts of places. Recommend for a solid lunch or brunch choice.

We only had time to tour the first level of galleries, which focus on European and American art. The highlight for me was the collection of local Indiana post-impressionist works. Art that I was completely unaware of, and broadened my understanding of the transmission of artistic ideas during this period.

A trip to this museum will be time well spent...

Visited May 2013
Thank ManhattanTripper
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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95 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Can't Believe It's "Free"!”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Okay, so first off, IMA is by donation. So it is up to you how much it costs. The museum is quite large- 4 floors offering a wide variety of styles. My preschooler and I spent 4 hours there, which I think says a lot about the museum. Holding the attention span of a 3-4 yr old at an art museum for that long is no easy feat. they offer a children's section on the second floor called the Star Studio. It is very tiny, just so you aren't surprised. It was fun though and it was such a nice exhibit and a way to break up the art museum for the younger ones. On Sat they offer "Make and Take", which we took advantage of and came home with some very interesting bubble art. We will def do the project again at home- it was so much fun! We also enjoyed lunch in the cafe on the first floor. It was a bit pricey, however the portions were large and the food was very good. The museum grounds are gorgeous. We saw only a fraction of the gardens and it made for a wonderful walk outside. Look for special events at the museum- such as "Cipollini", a children's ballet for which we purchased tickets! Great day, highly recommend.

Be advised: backpacks are not permitted throughout the museum, however, there are free lockers downstairs where you can store them and access them throughout the day.

Visited May 2013
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