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“Simply awesome !!!”

Indiana State Museum
Ranked #17 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Simply awesome !!!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

WOW....extremely well done..... $9 to get in...... loved the Indiana history section and the Lincoln artifacts. There are three museums in a row...... easy to walk to all three...... (NCAA Hall of Champions and the Eiteljorg are on each side of the ISM) Highly recommend !!!!

Visited March 2013
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AjaMay, Public Relations Manager at Indiana State Museum, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your visit at the Indiana State Museum! If you get a chance to come back this summer, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It'll give a glimpse into the science behind the films, allow fans to see costumes & props from the series--and ride inside the Millennium Falcon!
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Central Indiana
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281 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Find out what's special about Indiana”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

The museum has very interesting exhibits starting with how the land was formed in ancient times & progressing thru the present times. Displays included local minerals, fossils & bones of mastodons and other ancient creatures, as well as many artifacts & antiques from all the historic eras and information on famous Hoosiers. There is usually several temporary exhibits - this visit they included Lincoln, James Dean, maize & T.C. Steele, an artist. If the weather is nice, be sure to check out the County Walk, sculptures depicting the 92 counties of Indiana on the exterior of the building. The building itself is architecturally interesting and the canal outside adds to the enjoyment. We also ate a nice lunch at the re-created L.S. Ayres Tearoom on the 2nd level. A fun way to spend an afternoon.

Visited March 2013
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Georgetown, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Overall a good time.”
Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I spent the day here on a Saturday. We both had a really good time, and thought the museum was a great value, with the IMAX ticket to see Lincoln. All the exhibits were really interesting. I'm not really sure how the exhibits on the 1st floor about the creation if the world tie into Indiana.

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Muncie, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“excellent museum”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

a great variety of exhibits at this museum, the IMAX theater is fantastic.Plenty to see and do for any visitor of any age. Want to go back now to see the mastodon exhibit and new exhibits added since our last visit.

Visited April 2012
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Cicero, Indiana, United States
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22 reviews
4 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
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