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Indiana State Museum
Ranked #18 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Cicero, Indiana, United States
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend an afternoon...”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had the day off, and decided to take in the Museum and IMAX. From the start, the parking is so convenient (and free if you buy IMAX tickets), and the lady at the counter was very helpful (Erica?) I got in free because I teach at a private boarding high school and had two of my students along. It was a weekday and we almost had the place to ourselves. Very interesting and informative. I liked the interactive stuff. I'd go again, because right now they have the Lincoln exhibit and the Lincoln film on big screen at the IMAX.

Visited February 2013
Thank Blaine F
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Greenfield, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great for grade schoolers”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I took the boys on MLK Day. It was a free day and we got there early. It is a beautiful museum. They are working on some areas. The exhibits are somewhat interactive and would be appropriate for school aged kids, mine are still not old enough to really understand everything. The Maize exhibit with the tractor was a hit.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank MarandaA36
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MediaKath, Public Relations Manager at Indiana State Museum, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
MLK Day is always hugely busy; we're glad you took advantage of a free day to see what the museum is all about. Please come back when Star Wars is here this summer (construction is making way for the Millenium Falcon!), mammoths and mastodons this fall, and of course Santa through the holidays....there's always something new for your and your kiddo to discover :)
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Carmel, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Always a great visit”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Our family just loves this place. Fantastic exhibits, friendly staff, great location and plenty of Indiana exhibits. Thanks for always striving for excellance and attaining it. If you are within driving distance, go and have a good family afternoon here. Love the movie theatre!

Visited December 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“great museum fit for a great state”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

the campus was beautiful, the exhibits were interesting. Overall it was a good value. Parking is easy, and there is a nice area to walk around the canal when you're done with your visit.

Visited February 2012
Thank Evan H
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Indiana State Museum inside and OUT”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Most people go to the Indiana State Museum to see what is inside. One of my absolute favorite features of the museum is the exterior of the building!! There is the calliope clock on the canal, the woolly mammoths, but my favorite is the art work incorporated into the exterior of the building representing each of the 92 counties. Very unique and I'm guessing most people don't know about them. This is a great find and fun for all ages.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank LizzieMic
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