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Indiana Historical Society

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Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone Number: +1 317-232-1882
10:00 - 17:00
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Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™,...

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

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A very enjoyable visit

We arrived when the museum opened at 10:00 the day after Thanksgiving. We really enjoyed our visit. This is a beautiful facility in a really neat location on the canal. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived when the museum opened at 10:00 the day after Thanksgiving. We really enjoyed our visit. This is a beautiful facility in a really neat location on the canal. The festival of trees is really neat. We had a hard time choosing our favorite 3 to vote for. The You are There experiences are so neat. The actors playing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went to the museum to see the Festival of trees but enjoyed the rest of the museum as well. Especially enjoyed the Cole Porter room and the "You were there" experiences. If you need to get lunch while you are there the Starlight Cafe was great!

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited the IHS today to experience the Festival of Christmas Trees. There were 72 trees decorated to different themes by various businesses and organizations. The trees are exhibited on 4 floors: the Canal, Main, 2 and 4 levels with both stair and elevator access. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to see them all. We enjoyed it a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The You Are There exhibit about Col. Eli Lilly and the early days of the Eli Lilly Company is a wonderful exhibit. These live recreations of photographs allow the visitor to step into an historical situation and to actually talk with and ask questions of the re-enactors. This is great for visitors of all ages.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is a great idea as it gets you out for a safe walk and you can view different parts of downtown. Indianapolis is a fun city to explore.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

You will definitely be pleasantly surprised at the offerings of this fine museum located in the heart of Indianapolis right next to the canal and near hotels. The history of Indiana is so much more than I imagined and they do a great job of bringing it to life. The building is absolutely well done and beautiful outside and inside... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

It's always good to visit museums and learn about the culture and people that lived there. I also had the pleasure of be entertained by a young man named Josiah. He was singing Cole Porter songs in a room that was set up just like Cole would be there.

Thank Una R
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Please beware : this is a cute small series of vignettes, but because of its placement on the canal and the size of the building, we thought we were seeing Indiana's state history museum. Obviously we were mistaken, and really disappointed.

Thank Lisa P
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A relative and I thought her free ticket was the for the Indiana State Museum but her GPS took us here instead and we enjoyed our visit. We loved the interactive history exhibits and discovered that you can research anyone who has ever lived in the state of Indiana and any historical event in the state in the research library.... More 

Thank CoyMarie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We came to the historical society for the Smithsonian free museum day today. I told my family about it. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be. There were several living history exhibits, a lab that shows how they conserve the items that are placed into their collection. I think my favorite part was voting for my... More 

Thank Aylaeh C

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