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202 N. Alabama St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Last Updated: January 18, 2018

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Former City Hall, State Museum and Central Library <br> <br> Note from the Indiana State Museum's website: <br> <br>Governor Matthew E. Welsh (1961-1965) approved the planning for a new state museum, but with a very different direction. The Indianapolis City Hall at 202 N. Alabama St. had become vacant in 1961. The state and the city worked out an agreement for the museum to use the building. The structure was to undergo massive renovations to prepare it for life as a museum, at a cost of about $830,000. In 1967, the Indiana State Museum opened its doors in its first real home. It had four floors and a basement in which to develop exhibits, store and preserve collections, and provide office space for staff. <br> <br> In 1969, the Indiana State Museum Society (now the Indiana State Museum Foundation) was established to provide a private, fund-raising support organization. Also in 1969, the Indiana State Museum Volunteer Organization was established to support the small museum staff. By 1976, the museum had received accreditation from the American Association of Museums. <br> <br> As years passed and the collection grew, the old City Hall was becoming too small to meet the needs of the institution. Proposals were made in the late 1970s and mid-1980s for a variety of additions to the facility. Some involved purchasing nearby buildings, and others involved creating brand-new facilities that would connect to the old City Hall building. <br> <br> The museum’s board voted to move to White River State Park in 1984. However, it was not until the late 1990s that the Indiana General Assembly appropriated funding for an August 1999 groundbreaking for what would become the current Indiana State Museum. <br> <br> The Indiana State Museum closed its doors in the old City Hall on Dec. 31, 2001, to prepare for its move to a new home at 650 W. Washington St. in the heart of White River State Park. <br>

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Indianapolis is a city that often seems stuck in a kind of chronic identity crisis. We spend a lot of time here worrying over whether we"re sm…

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An unprecedented exhibition of installation work by local artists will transform the Old Indianapolis City Hall in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

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The story of Normand's 'Fanfare to Charles Bookwalter,' a tribute to the mayor who spearheaded Indy's first city hall but never got to serve in it.

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Streekstra's installation recreates a Victorian seance, replete with flickering chandelier, musty, florid odors and an unsettling, infrasonic tone.

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Agha's

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My Forked Tongue

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- a sculpture consisting of letters from English, Hindi and Urdu alphabets strung on thread - exemplifies her life as a trilingual immigrant.

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Zoll's TURF installation involves eggs, mistinted paint and a conversation about Indianapolis with a Hungarian cab driver in Germany.

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We offer reviews of all 22 installations at TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion, open (for free) through the Super Bowl at the Old Indianapolis City Hall.

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TURF, IDADA's installation-art pavilion in the Old Indianapolis City Hall featuring juried work by 21 local and regional artists, opened Jan. 13 with a party.

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The 1,500-pound limestone eagle sculpture, shattered as a crew hung a poster for the TURF art show at the Old City Hall during the Super Bowl, is once again whole.

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Current and former Herron students joined together for a one-night only exhibition at the Old City Hall, setting up in galleries first constructed for the installation art pavilion TURF.