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“Great for families”

Indiana State Museum
Ranked #16 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.
Indianapolis
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Great for families”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This museau has something for all including the kids and grandparents. Parking is below ground next to the venue. Great view of the canal and Military Park from the indoor cafe. Of course, the theme is Indiana history, commerce, culture and the land.

Visited February 2013
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AjaMay, Public Relations Manager at Indiana State Museum, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Indiana State Museum. Check back later this summer, when our blockbuster exhibit Star Wars: When Science Meets Imagination opens. Running Memorial Day through Labor Day, the exhibit gives users a chance to explore the science behind the science fiction in the movie series--and see props, costumes, etc.
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Hermitage, Tennessee
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106 reviews
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“A fun time & must see!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Good rates & parking is easy for the musuem and very easy to locate. Very clean and friendly staff on all the levels. The 3 floors had a lot to check out and were very well put together, I loved the traveling exhibits of James Dean & the 5 Generations of the Lincoln family on the 3rd level especially...but all levels were neat and fun to learn about. We wanted to check out the Historical Museum as well but they were closed sadly, however the State Museum was a fun time had by all, definitely must check it out if you are ever in Indy!

Visited April 2013
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AjaMay, Public Relations Manager at Indiana State Museum, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your visit! If you are ever back in Indianapolis, please be sure to stop back in. Our galleries on the 3rd floor are ever-changing! This summer, they will host Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination--sure to be a hit with fans of all ages!
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Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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“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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296 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 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
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93 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“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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