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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
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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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IMAX theatre

For this visit we came solely to view the IMAX movie. There is ample indoor parking and there is easy access to the theatre. We were impressed with the massive and innovative... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Delphi, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For this visit we came solely to view the IMAX movie. There is ample indoor parking and there is easy access to the theatre. We were impressed with the massive and innovative "sculpture" crafted from cd's and dvd's that adorned the entrance to the museum from the parking garage. That alone is worth a stop at the museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The highlight of this museum is probably the IMAX theater, but the building itself is very cool and worth wandering around. There are a lot of cool little details and the fact that they restored an entire school facade to put inside the museum is pretty impressive.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to do, so much to see ... everything is interesting and kids seem to love it. I never grow tired of visiting this place.

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Boonton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant enough and reasonably priced but I would say just passably worth a visit. Seeing a lot on ancient rocks from the state which was not that interesting and much of the museum exhibits are still under construction or yet to be opened. If these were opened it might have changed my review. There is a separate but very nice... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum caught us off guard with the amount of history and size of the museum. From IL, our museum can be gone through in an hour at best and this museum has had extraordinary attention to history and detail for children through adult ages. Excellent experience and worth the cost.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 25 January 2017

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

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Evansville, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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