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Indiana State Museum


650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Last Updated: September 28, 2018


About Indiana State Museum

Spanning three floors in its White River State Park location constructed completely from Indiana limestone, sandstone, steel, brick, and glass, the Indiana State Museum brings the best of Indiana's 92 counties together in one place.  Features hands-on, interactive, family-oriented permanent and changing exhibits on the arts, sciences, and culture from the Ice Age to the present. The structure and grounds alongside Central Canal is itself an exhibit, featuring a steam clock that marks the hours with "Back Home Again in Indiana" played on eight brass whistles, the English, Banter, Mitchell Foundation fountain and the Watanabe Family Gardens. The Grand Lobby features daily storytelling and sing-along programs and houses Faces of Indiana, Indiana's Treasure. If that’s not enough, an IMAX Theater is on the Canal Level and a story and visual about each county is imbedded around the exterior—walk around the building to find all 92.  Don’t miss the Hoosier Art Salon through Oct. 14  or the upcoming LEGO exhibit featuring 80 original sculptures made entirely of LEGO bricks opening Sept. 29.

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Events at this Location


Our guest puppeteer, Guy Thompson, will delight you with his traditional, but family friendly, hilarious hand puppet show! Not to be missed.

$10 - $15

Stylists, fashionistas, and designers: Join this adult social event to mingle with some favorite local artists to celebrate our newest exhibit…