Indiana State Museum

Indiana State Museum The Indiana State Museum presents exhibits and programs highlighting the best of Indiana's science, culture and art.

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 Farmers Market Cafe, the Indiana Store gift shop, and the IMAX Theater, Indiana’s largest movie screen. The Indiana State Museum is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system. Follow Indiana State Historic Sites on Facebook for more info on sites' happenings. The Indiana State Museum reserves the right to remove any comments or other postings that are considered SPAM, hate speech, profanity, bullying or disparaging toward another individual.

The United States is in the middle of a crisis, with Indiana in the crosshairs: opioid use disorder.Through science, per...
01/23/2020

The United States is in the middle of a crisis, with Indiana in the crosshairs: opioid use disorder.

Through science, personal stories and hands-on interactives, learn what you can do to break the stigma of opioid use disorder in the newest exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis,” opening Feb. 1.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/36crsSu

Get ready to celebrate art, film, music and all things creative this weekend at the Indiana State Museum. 🎨On Saturday, ...
01/22/2020

Get ready to celebrate art, film, music and all things creative this weekend at the Indiana State Museum. 🎨

On Saturday, experience artistic displays, musical performances and more during CREATE! Express your own creativity, or sit back and enjoy the show during this annual event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2tXL7XH

Crazy contraptions. Imaginative illustrations. Hilarious storytelling! 🤗Explore “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious ...
01/22/2020

Crazy contraptions. Imaginative illustrations. Hilarious storytelling! 🤗

Explore “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” – now OPEN at the Indiana State Museum.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/35h1lYN

Thanks to all who visited the Indiana State Museum to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Enjoy ...
01/21/2020

Thanks to all who visited the Indiana State Museum to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy some photos captured during our celebration today. We hope to see everyone again soon!

Shake off winter, and celebrate creativity this weekend at the Indiana State Museum! 🎨On Jan. 25, experience art, film, ...
01/20/2020

Shake off winter, and celebrate creativity this weekend at the Indiana State Museum! 🎨

On Jan. 25, experience art, film, music and so much more during CREATE! See artistic displays, experience musical performances or create something yourself from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2tXL7XH

Dive into the world of tech. 💻 Explore a passion for baking. 🍪 Learn how to use the stars as a guide! ⭐Have fun all summ...
01/19/2020

Dive into the world of tech. 💻 Explore a passion for baking. 🍪 Learn how to use the stars as a guide! ⭐

Have fun all summer long during day and weeklong camps at the Indiana State Museum. With 20+ camps to choose from, there's something for every interest – from preschoolers to eighth graders.

Check out our full summer camp lineup here: http://bit.ly/38OQhoO

01/19/2020

Have you heard? 🤔 “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” is NOW OPEN at the Indiana State Museum!

Check out crazy chain-reaction contraptions inspired by Rube Goldberg, then try to build or sketch your very own wacky machine.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2OVa1PO

NOW OPEN! 🙌Check out some wacky machines inspired by humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg in “Rube Goldberg™: The World o...
01/18/2020

NOW OPEN! 🙌

Check out some wacky machines inspired by humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg in “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” at the Indiana State Museum. Then, create your own crazy contraption to complete tasks in the most overcomplicated and hilarious ways possible!

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/35h1lYN

These cold winter temperatures have us dreaming of warmer weather – and summer camp fun! ☀️Luckily, registration for sum...
01/18/2020

These cold winter temperatures have us dreaming of warmer weather – and summer camp fun! ☀️

Luckily, registration for summer camps at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN. Choose from topics like coding and cakes to inventing and engineering. There’s a little bit of something for everyone!

Check out the full camp lineup here: http://bit.ly/38OQhoO

Don't let the cold temperatures ruin your weekend. 🌧️ There's plenty of fun at the Indiana State Museum! Be one of the f...
01/17/2020

Don't let the cold temperatures ruin your weekend. 🌧️ There's plenty of fun at the Indiana State Museum!

Be one of the first to experience “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” – opening Saturday. Check out Firefly Landing, our brand-new space for children ages 6 and younger. Or, explore the rest of our galleries where you can explore big questions and learn the story of Indiana.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2OG8OZ5

Can YOU create a crazy chain-reaction contraption like Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg used to do?Find o...
01/17/2020

Can YOU create a crazy chain-reaction contraption like Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg used to do?

Find out for yourself when “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens Jan. 18 at the Indiana State Museum!

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/35h1lYN

#OnThisDay in 1920, Indiana became the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing – at long last – women’s ri...
01/16/2020

#OnThisDay in 1920, Indiana became the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing – at long last – women’s right to vote.

This trophy in our collection was presented to Dr. Amelia Keller for her work with the women's suffrage movement as the first president of the Women's Franchise League of Indiana from 1911 to 1917.

She led the group's 3,000 members in their drive to educate women in civic affairs and push for voting rights in Indiana prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial

Winter won’t last forever. Make sure you’re ready for summertime and summer camp fun! 😎Registration for summer camps at ...
01/15/2020

Winter won’t last forever. Make sure you’re ready for summertime and summer camp fun! 😎

Registration for summer camps at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN, so check out our day camp and full-week camp options with a variety of topics, including science, art, weird weather and more. There’s something sure to fit your child’s schedule and interest!

See the full lineup here: http://bit.ly/38OQhoO

It’s #NationalHatDay, so here’s one of our favorite hats from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection! 👒🎩...
01/15/2020

It’s #NationalHatDay, so here’s one of our favorite hats from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection! 👒🎩

Bes-Ben – known as “Chicago’s Mad Hatter” – made this Toreador Hat for Indiana native Lucina Ball Moxley in 1957. Bes-Ben was known for making whimsical hats for women (including celebrities like Lucille Ball and Elizabeth Taylor) with unusual items like figurines, fruit and more into his designs.

An original ledge entry indicated Moxley purchased her hat on Jan. 17, 1957 for $98.75.

Did you know girls would often begin to wear corsets in their pre-teens – sometimes as young as 9 or 10?! 😱 Or, pockets ...
01/15/2020

Did you know girls would often begin to wear corsets in their pre-teens – sometimes as young as 9 or 10?! 😱 Or, pockets were once an added piece of underwear to dresses?

We had a lot of fun discovering changes in fashion throughout the years tonight during our Quirky Queries event. Didn't make it? Mark your calendars and don't miss our next Quirky Queries: Pantsuits and Politics (ages 21+) on April 21.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2DrzZG0

Get ready to tinker with wacky inventions inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg at the Indiana State Museum! 🙌Celebrate t...
01/14/2020

Get ready to tinker with wacky inventions inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg at the Indiana State Museum! 🙌

Celebrate the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor’s imaginative techniques and inventive skills when “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens Jan. 18.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/35h1lYN

01/14/2020

ONE WEEK! 🤗 Mark your calendar and get ready to explore the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for FREE on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

See highlights from Dr. King's most iconic speeches during special activities at the Indiana State Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or explore any of the currently open historic sites throughout the state.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2C9dhzk

Gov. William Henry Harrison issued a call for the first session of the Indiana Territorial Legislature #OnThisDay in 180...
01/12/2020

Gov. William Henry Harrison issued a call for the first session of the Indiana Territorial Legislature #OnThisDay in 1801.

Harrison and the three territorial judges – William Clarke, John Griffin and Henry Vanderburgh – met for two weeks and passed six laws, one act and three resolutions before adjourning.

Learn more about Indiana’s territorial past during a trip to Vincennes State Historic Sites. Plan a visit here: http://bit.ly/2RJEi6n

Due to flooded roads, T. C. Steele State Historic Site is CLOSED today, Jan. 12.The Indiana State Museum remains open fr...
01/12/2020

Due to flooded roads, T. C. Steele State Historic Site is CLOSED today, Jan. 12.

The Indiana State Museum remains open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

We will update if we have any new information. Thank you!

Experience beauty as seen through microscopes in the Nikon's Small World display.See 20 award-winning images captured by...
01/12/2020

Experience beauty as seen through microscopes in the Nikon's Small World display.

See 20 award-winning images captured by the world's best photomicrographers, and explore the microscopic beauty of a human teardrop, the central region of the retina and more in this showcase at the Indiana State Museum.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2OG8OZ5

Due to inclement weather, T. C. Steele State Historic Site is CLOSED today, Jan. 11.The Indiana State Museum remains ope...
01/11/2020

Due to inclement weather, T. C. Steele State Historic Site is CLOSED today, Jan. 11.

The Indiana State Museum remains open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

We will update if we have any new information. Thank you!

Don't let the weather spoil your weekend plans. 🌧️Visit the Indiana State Museum, where you can explore big questions an...
01/11/2020

Don't let the weather spoil your weekend plans. 🌧️

Visit the Indiana State Museum, where you can explore big questions and learn the story of Indiana – from the ancient forces that shaped the land to Hoosier icons of the modern day.

Plan your visit here: http://bit.ly/2OG8OZ5

Have you and your little one checked out Firefly Landing – our brand-new early childhood education space at the Indiana ...
01/10/2020

Have you and your little one checked out Firefly Landing – our brand-new early childhood education space at the Indiana State Museum – yet? 🤔

Families with children ages 6 and younger can experience sensory tables, hands-on activities and more! Entry is included with museum admission for daily fun or check out early childhood programs, like Small Wonders and Young Explorers this Saturday!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/35tkoiJ

Get ready to celebrate all things art and imagination during Create! at the Indiana State Museum. 🎨On Jan. 25, experienc...
01/10/2020

Get ready to celebrate all things art and imagination during Create! at the Indiana State Museum. 🎨

On Jan. 25, experience art, film, music and more during a day filled with artistic displays and musical performances. Sit back and enjoy the show – or create something new! 🎭

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2FvLew2

Alvah Roebuck – co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company – was born #OnThisDay in 1864 in Lafayette, Indiana.Sears, Roeb...
01/09/2020

Alvah Roebuck – co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company – was born #OnThisDay in 1864 in Lafayette, Indiana.

Sears, Roebuck and Company became well-known for mail-order catalogs filled with general merchandise, tools, house kits and even cars.

This 1912 Sears Model P was purchased from the catalog for $495, but the new owner had to assemble the vehicle themselves after purchase!

What do your Young Explorers know about animals that live in the backyard? 🤔 Take a closer look at the animals that call...
01/09/2020

What do your Young Explorers know about animals that live in the backyard? 🤔 Take a closer look at the animals that call Indiana home on Saturday! 🦇🐇

Children ages 4 to 6 will explore our Natural Regions gallery, then learn more about animal habitats and animal adaptations during an interactive story time and a variety of art and sensory stations.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/35tkoiJ

COMING SOON! 🤗 “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens at the Indiana State Museum on Jan. 18....
01/08/2020

COMING SOON! 🤗 “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens at the Indiana State Museum on Jan. 18.

Tinker with some wacky machines inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, then create your own crazy contraption to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated and hilarious ways possible!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2OVa1PO

Art, science and nature, oh my! 🤗🐛🐞Little visitors had SO much fun listening to the books of Eric Carle and exploring ar...
01/07/2020

Art, science and nature, oh my! 🤗🐛🐞

Little visitors had SO much fun listening to the books of Eric Carle and exploring art, water and other science stations earlier today during Small Wonders.

Couldn't join us this morning? Don't worry! We have Small Wonders classes on Jan. 8 and 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. See you then! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/35tkoiJ

01/07/2020

Want to visit the Indiana State Museum for FREE?! 🤔 Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20.

Explore the story of the fight for civil rights and see highlights from Dr. King's most iconic speeches during special activities at the Indiana State Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the museum is FREE with a canned food donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2C9dhzk

Did you know Herff Jones was founded in Indianapolis 100 years ago today?#OnThisDay in 1920, Harry Herff and Randall Jon...
01/06/2020

Did you know Herff Jones was founded in Indianapolis 100 years ago today?

#OnThisDay in 1920, Harry Herff and Randall Jones began a company that manufactured class rings, medals, pins and more in an old firehouse near Capitol Avenue. Today, the company – which still has headquarters in Indianapolis – offers products for high school and collegiate commencement ceremonies across the country.

This 1993 Howe High School class ring created by Herff Jones belongs to our own curator of social history, Kisha Tandy!

Find summer camps as unique as your child at the Indiana State Museum! ☀️Whether your child is interested in space, scie...
01/05/2020

Find summer camps as unique as your child at the Indiana State Museum! ☀️

Whether your child is interested in space, science, art or animals, there's a little bit of something for everyone, so be sure to start planning your child's summer adventures today.

Register is NOW OPEN: http://bit.ly/38OQhoO

Sunday is the LAST DAY to explore Celebration Crossing and A•MAZE•D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips at the Indiana ...
01/05/2020

Sunday is the LAST DAY to explore Celebration Crossing and A•MAZE•D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips at the Indiana State Museum. 😱

Don't miss your chance to hop aboard the Santa Claus Express train this season, or explore the twists and turns of a giant cardboard castle maze and more! The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2OG8OZ5

The holidays might be over, but the fun of Celebration Crossing is still going strong at the Indiana State Museum. 🎄Hop ...
01/04/2020

The holidays might be over, but the fun of Celebration Crossing is still going strong at the Indiana State Museum. 🎄

Hop aboard the Santa Claus Express train, and continue your wintry fun by building a snowman or enjoying an interactive story time with our resident North Pole elves through Jan. 5!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2O6NSgZ

01/03/2020

We’re LIVE in Firefly Landing - our brand-new early childhood education space at the Indiana State Museum!

Tune in to check out this space for visitors ages 6 and under. Then, plan your visit to see it for yourself soon.

Please excuse us as we make way for TWO new exhibits opening soon! 🚧 Due to exhibit installation work, Level 3 of the In...
01/03/2020

Please excuse us as we make way for TWO new exhibits opening soon! 🚧

Due to exhibit installation work, Level 3 of the Indiana State Museum will be closed to visitors from Jan. 6 to Jan. 17. But don’t worry – there’s still plenty to explore on Levels 1 and 2, including our NEW Firefly Landing space for our littlest learners. Plus, enjoy a $2 discount on admission prices during the closure!

Then, get ready to tinker with wacky inventions inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg when “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens Jan. 18 and don’t miss “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis” – opening Feb. 1.

Summer camp registration at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN. 🙌 Start planning your child’s summer adventures today!...
01/03/2020

Summer camp registration at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN. 🙌 Start planning your child’s summer adventures today!

Choose from a variety of topics, from cakes or coding to engineering and inventing! Sign up for full weeks of camp or just a few days. We even have weeklong half-day camps for our preschool and kindergarten friends. 😎

Check out our full summer camp lineup here: http://bit.ly/38OQhoO

Mark your calendar! 🤗 “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens at the Indiana State Museum on J...
01/02/2020

Mark your calendar! 🤗 “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” opens at the Indiana State Museum on Jan. 18.

Get ready to check out some wacky machines inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, then create your own crazy contraption to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated and hilarious ways possible!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2OVa1PO

Have you heard? 🤔 Registration for summer camps at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN! 📣From the world of high-tech to...
01/01/2020

Have you heard? 🤔 Registration for summer camps at the Indiana State Museum is NOW OPEN! 📣

From the world of high-tech to exploring passions in baking or space camps, sign up your child for a camp as unique as they are.

Find a full lineup of one-day and full-week camps here: http://bit.ly/358ysxZ

Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us tonight during Family New Year’s Eve. We had an awesome time welcoming 2020 wi...
01/01/2020

Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us tonight during Family New Year’s Eve.

We had an awesome time welcoming 2020 with you, and we hope to see you again soon for even more fun at the museum in the new year.

🎉 Happy New Year! 🎉

All aboard! 🚂Don't miss your chance to take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train this holiday season. Celebration Cro...
12/31/2019

All aboard! 🚂

Don't miss your chance to take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train this holiday season. Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum is open only through Jan. 5!

Plan your visit soon: http://bit.ly/2O6NSgZ

Be inspired by nature during January's Small Wonders programs – just for your little ones ages 3 to 5.Listen to stories ...
12/31/2019

Be inspired by nature during January's Small Wonders programs – just for your little ones ages 3 to 5.

Listen to stories by one of our favorite authors, Eric Carle, and learn all about hungry caterpillars and grouchy ladybugs, then your little one can create their own art and check out our nature-inspired stations on Jan. 7, 8 or 11!

Reserve a spot here: http://bit.ly/2SVkdro

Need plans for New Year’s Eve night? 🤔 Ring in 2020 at the Indiana State Museum!Get ready for a night of magic, music, e...
12/30/2019

Need plans for New Year’s Eve night? 🤔 Ring in 2020 at the Indiana State Museum!

Get ready for a night of magic, music, exploring the entire museum and more during Family New Year’s Eve from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event will feature a balloon drop at 8 p.m. so the little ones can welcome the new year in style too!

Get tickets here: http://bit.ly/2PGefuM

Experience beauty as seen through light microscopes in the Nikon's Small World display at the Indiana State Museum.Check...
12/29/2019

Experience beauty as seen through light microscopes in the Nikon's Small World display at the Indiana State Museum.

Check out 20 award-winning images captured by the world's best photomicrographers, and explore the microscopic beauty of a human teardrop, the central region of the retina and more in this showcase.

Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2OG8OZ5

We’re THREE days away from Family New Year's Eve, and we can’t wait to ring in 2020 with you! 🎉We want to help you and y...
12/29/2019

We’re THREE days away from Family New Year's Eve, and we can’t wait to ring in 2020 with you! 🎉

We want to help you and your family be part of the fun for FREE, so comment with a gif about how excited you’ll be to see the balloons drop in our Great Hall at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. We’ll choose a winner at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Until then, learn more about our family-friendly, alcohol-free event here: http://bit.ly/2MzaK7C

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650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN
46204

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(317) 232-1637

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