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Indiana State Museum

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Address: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
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+1 317-232-1637
10:00 - 17:00
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Explore one of Indianapolis' top attractions The Indiana State Museum in...

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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Its a Museum with a little WOW!

very interesting museum , has lots of historical artifacts about Indiana history! It really is a must see!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
David B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful, beautiful new building with lots of space. But like many of the modern museums, probably most of their collection will remain in storage, and maybe rotated out, because of limited exhibit space. Architecturally it is beautiful, but is it practical? When I visit a museum I want to see lots of things that cover a wide... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very interesting museum , has lots of historical artifacts about Indiana history! It really is a must see!!

Thank David B
Evansville, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is a typical state run museum. It has probably the most boring geology section. I only found 2 exhibits interesting.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We last visited the museum to see exhibits that celebrated Indiana's 200th anniversary and were not disappointed. I don't know if they are still up, but if so, need to be seen by all Hoosiers. We are looking forward to returning when the new renovations and installations are completed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice.. Was saddened that not all the Counties was represented within the 200 year celebration area. But, the Museum was very nice. Worth the $$.

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Hartford City, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This really looked like an amazing place, but I tagged along on a school field trip and we didn't get to see that much at all. From what we saw, it looked amazing though. I will definitely be going back with the whole family soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Very impressed by the Indiana State Museum It's very modern facility, very clean.I look forward to returning to the museum in warmer weather.

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Atlanta, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

One day is not enough time to see everything in this museum. It has everything from dinosaurs, Indians, fossils, old cars, trains, forestry in Indiana, and more... Oh yes can't forget the IMAX Theatre. Very interesting and lots to learn about Indiana. I need to go back to see the rest of it. So much and not enough hours in... More 

Thank jodymom765
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Excellent overview of Indiana history. I learned a lot, particularly about some of the manufacturing done in Indiana (refrigerators, tvs, caskets!) and how, through the years, the people there have been resistant to change and immigrants. Well worth your time.

Thank Dennis4049
Osceola, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We visited the museum with the singular purpose of seeing a movie at the IMAX theater. As IMAX theaters go, this one is old and outdated with narrow seats and small drink holders. While they do offer digital caption devices for the hearing impaired, the devices do not fit in the drink holders as designed inasmuch as the drink holders... More 

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