Housed on meandering bucolic grounds with meticulously manicured gardens, this beautiful museum offers a visual experience that extends beyond the traditional confines of art viewing. It holds a collection of 42,000 works that span the range and scope of art history. Japanese, African, Native American art, the list goes on. The 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, featuring numerous sculptures behind the IMA, has put Indianapolis on a larger cultural map. The Toby Theatre enables the IMA to host all sorts of events, including those events focused on film, such as the Indianapolis International Film Festival. All this, and you can get a nourishing and delicious bite to eat at the museum’s Nourish Café, headed up by chef Ty Hunt. Just don’t climb on Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture!
Transformed from a largely abandoned church to a thriving cultural milieu, the Harrison Center is home to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, artist studios and the Harrison Art Gallery. The gallery has become a significant destination, with rotating exhibitions held throughout the year that usually emanate from a theme, lending curatorial cohesiveness and art viewing on a high, yet accessible, intellectual level. A quartet of smaller Harrison Center galleries complement the main venue, including the City Gallery, which celebrates the unique neighborhoods of urban Indy. Overall, the center is one of the most family-friendly — i.e. all ages — places in Indianapolis.
Voted the Best Gift Shop in our annual reader’s poll just about every damn year, the store so nice they named it twice is a shopper’s paradise – particular at the holidays. The friendly staff can help you find a variety of gifts for both men and women – particularly in the eco-friendly category with a wide selection of reused and recycled items. Other choices include juicy sex guides, a messenger bag made from the old RCA dome, or a sock monkey.
Wasabi ginger truffles? A tower of bon bons, caramels, English toffee and pecan turtles? Can it get any better? It can. White chocolate and raspberry popcorn and gourmet trail mix round out the offerings at this 12-year-old candy store on Mass Ave. Owner Elizabeth Garber parlays her fine-arts background into designing chocolates fit for Indy’s finest restaurants and jazz clubs, and her beautiful, edible art also benefits breast cancer research and helps in the fight against Lupus, so you’re sharing the love and giving back. It’s a delicious, unforgettable gift that’s all made fresh right in the heart of Indy’s art district.
The Flying Cupcake is a place you wish was in your neighborhood. Come for dreamy treats with names like What's up Doc? (moist carrot cake packed with coconut and raisins topped with velvety cream cheese), Chocolate Ganache (chocolate cupcake topped with a rich chocolate ganache and white chocolate shavings), The Bee's Knee's (light honey pear cupcake scented with ginger and topped with honey buttercream)… we could go on, and on, and on. Menu changes daily, if not hourly. Expect amazing and popular holiday-themed delicacies.