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Indiana State Museum

650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
+1 317-232-1637
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Cooler than you think.

I love the State Museum. Most people don't even think of this museum as being a place to go. It has... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Angela L
Awesome Museum

This museum was a unexpected delight. The bottom floor covers natural history, with interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
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+1 317-232-1637
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"imax theater"
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"natural history"
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"ice age"
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"third floor"
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"special exhibit"
in 13 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
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"changing exhibits"
in 7 reviews
"few hours"
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"native americans"
in 6 reviews
"within walking distance"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 9 reviews
"the lower level"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 7 reviews
"indiana"
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"ayres"
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"fossils"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I love the State Museum. Most people don't even think of this museum as being a place to go. It has some really cool exhibits that come through. The Titanic, The Tony Hawk exhibit, The Lincoln exhibit, and Star Wars. Some really neat stuff. The...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum was a unexpected delight. The bottom floor covers natural history, with interesting displays and easy flow of exhibits. The second floor covers the history of Indiana from its Native American origins to the modern day. I really liked how the museum took on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Museum is fun for all ages. There is so much to do and see, including walking the canal. While there, for the adult visitors, the L.S. Ayres Tea Room is a must do. It is expensive but so worth it. The IMAX is also...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had some time to waste before our flight so we checked out this museum. The ice ages exhibit was rather interesting.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The amount of Indiana history in this museum is wonderful. It really provides an understanding of the origins of the settling of Indiana. Even for a New Englander this was fascinating. There are several interactive activities to grab a young child’s attention. The special exhibit...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

First the exterior of the Building tells the story of all the counties in Indiana. Different items placed on the exterior by every county with a plaque which explains something about the County. I leaned a lot about different places in Indiana and in away...More

Thank john b
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

From art to science to Indiana history, there's a wide variety of exhibits and interesting materials in a very do-able museum. Great location, snack bar, gift shop.

Thank therese l
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This museum is just so special. It has outdoor fun, indoor fun, fun for children and fun for adults. The parking underground is perfect for those not so perfect weather days. The exhibits are all different, so you're sure to see and learn about something...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The largest IMAX screen in the state. Amazing place to watch a movie. Sound effects and picture quality is wonderful. Easy (paid) parking in underground attached garage. Good signage to direct to your destination. Helpful since there are several venues one can access from parking....More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Very nice museum, we really enjoyed the 1863 You Are There interactive exhibit. Don't be afraid to talk with and engage the re-enactors.

Thank Theresa V
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christinajans
1 April 2018|
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Response from Irvin A | Reviewed this property |
reentry is available. just take your lunch to the cafeteria and eat there. should not be a problem under the circumstances.
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QMW18
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We went to the Museum for Spring Break and took our toddler and he did just fine!
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Response from deborahdY2385TY | Reviewed this property |
I would say 8-17. Kids can learn ALOT here.
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