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Indiana Historical Society

450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
+1 317-232-1882
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Festival of Trees

We visited the IHS today to experience the Festival of Christmas Trees. There were 72 trees... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2016
Fishers, Indiana
via mobile
Eli Lilly history and You Are There

The You Are There exhibit about Col. Eli Lilly and the early days of the Eli Lilly Company is a... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2016
Avon, Indiana
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“cole porter” (37 reviews)
“live actors” (7 reviews)
“re enactors” (6 reviews)
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450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
Downtown Indianapolis
+1 317-232-1882
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 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....More

1  Thank DMJA21
Reviewed 9 November 2016

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...More

1  Thank carolynn762
Reviewed 31 October 2016

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.

Thank KurtLS
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...More

1  Thank dcetraveling
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...More

1  Thank Una R
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.

2  Thank Lisa P
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...More

1  Thank CoyMarie
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...More

1  Thank Aylaeh C
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Fourth floor gallery Has paintings featuring lots Of local artists Two interactive Living history displays Ball Corp, statehood Beautiful building Elegant presentations Validated parking Ancestry research Professional library is Available too.

Thank indyizzi
Reviewed 22 August 2016

A quick lesson on the Indiana State constitution, some songs by a chanteuse doing Cole Porter, and a visit to the Ball Canning company were among the interesting experiences we had at this museum and genealogy center. The café on site was perfect for an...More

1  Thank fireman14
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