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Indiana Historical Society

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Indianapolis
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Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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+1 317-232-1882
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Great place to go and to volunteer

This is a wonderful local museum with lots of character and interesting exhibits. They make full use of their large space and are right next to the canal. With a delicious cafe on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful local museum with lots of character and interesting exhibits. They make full use of their large space and are right next to the canal. With a delicious cafe on the canal level, it's worth the trip! Has a parking lot too, with reasonable pricing.

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Bloomington, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture and natural light throughout the building make this place a wonderfully stunning location for learning about various aspects of Indiana history. Rotating exhibits, some of them live action with actor/characters make each visit unique in at least some aspects. It's a great location and within walking distance of a whole variety of attractions.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the informational visit of Indianapolis and enjoyed learning of the history and culture of such a great city.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They had a series of exhibits with actors who where supposed to be in-charactor of the earlier times. Some were and some were not. The Ball Canning Exhibit was informative and the ladies running it were good. The best thing was the T.C. Steele exhibition.

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Beautiful building with interesting exhibits that take you back in time . These exhibits periodically change and offer a glimpse into some aspect of Indiana history. I thought the exhibits were nicely done and gave the visitor the chance to ask questions which were answered by a museum staff member attired in the clothing of the era. Brought history alive... More 

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Linn, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

When in the area recently we saw a Groupon for this attraction and decided to give it a try. The Festival of Trees was going on while we were there and even though it was after Christmas we had a good time looking at all the different trees. The singer that was there that day had an incredible voice and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We had no idea the interior of this building was so stunning! We visited to see the Festival of Trees, 72 gorgeous trees decorated by various organizations and businesses in Indy. But we also discovered the glamorous Cole Porter room with player grand piano and a lovely singer. There were "step back in time" exhibits. You could visit Col Lilly... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Friday after Thanksgiving we decided to go to the Indiana Historical Society-my parents have a membership here-a very good idea because the exhibits change regularly and some of the standing exhibits like the Cole Porter Music Room are always a welcome respite with talented young crooners recreating Mr. Porter's tunes. On this trip we stumbled upon the Christmas Tree... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Gorgeous interior, decent snack bar downstairs, and above all, very interesting exhibitions. Read up on the place. The festival of trees in the Christmas season is a blast. Cole Porter room is fascinating and there is a vocalist who will sing you favorite song. Living exhibitions reproduce famous people and events of bygone eras staffed with in-consume actors who will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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