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Indiana State Museum

650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
+1 317-232-1637
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Love the Building exterior

First the exterior of the Building tells the story of all the counties in Indiana. Different items... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
john b
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Valparaiso, Indiana
A little bit of everything

From art to science to Indiana history, there's a wide variety of exhibits and interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
therese l
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Cobleskill, New York
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“imax theater” (42 reviews)
“natural history” (16 reviews)
“ice age” (6 reviews)
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650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725
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+1 317-232-1637
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"imax theater"
in 42 reviews
"natural history"
in 16 reviews
"ice age"
in 6 reviews
"third floor"
in 9 reviews
"special exhibit"
in 13 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 9 reviews
"changing exhibits"
in 7 reviews
"few hours"
in 14 reviews
"native americans"
in 6 reviews
"within walking distance"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 9 reviews
"the lower level"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 7 reviews
"indiana"
in 185 reviews
"ayres"
in 23 reviews
"fossils"
in 27 reviews
"canal"
in 70 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First the exterior of the Building tells the story of all the counties in Indiana. Different items placed on the exterior by every county with a plaque which explains something about the County. I leaned a lot about different places in Indiana and in away...More

Thank john b
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From art to science to Indiana history, there's a wide variety of exhibits and interesting materials in a very do-able museum. Great location, snack bar, gift shop.

Thank therese l
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is just so special. It has outdoor fun, indoor fun, fun for children and fun for adults. The parking underground is perfect for those not so perfect weather days. The exhibits are all different, so you're sure to see and learn about something...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The largest IMAX screen in the state. Amazing place to watch a movie. Sound effects and picture quality is wonderful. Easy (paid) parking in underground attached garage. Good signage to direct to your destination. Helpful since there are several venues one can access from parking....More

Thank Thirdkid3
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice museum, we really enjoyed the 1863 You Are There interactive exhibit. Don't be afraid to talk with and engage the re-enactors.

Thank Theresa V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing museum, I was really surprised. There is something for everyone, no matter what you are interested in. The poison exhibit was original and fascinating. Underground parking was easy to find, just follow the signs. It was $5 with purcase of tickets...More

Thank as1786
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this place. Also, there was an exhibit on poison in nature that was really interesting. They had tiny yellow frogs hopping around an aquarium, but they wouldn't let me hold them.

Thank Douglas P
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We visited the temporary exhibit The Power of Poison-the kids loved seeing the poisonous animals and plants. there are a lot of interactive exhibits-great for kids!

Thank farnold15
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

An excellent museum in downtown Indy. Great exhibits with some of I formation. A great way to spend an afternoon. Definitely recommended if looking for a good history museum.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

This is actually a really interesting museum. The bottom floor is filled with natural history related exhibits, and since I’ve done about 3 of those within the last couple of weeks, I decided to just have a quick look through before moving on. About half...More

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christinajans
31 March 2018|
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Response from Irvin A | Reviewed this property |
reentry is available. just take your lunch to the cafeteria and eat there. should not be a problem under the circumstances.
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QMW18
22 March 2018|
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We went to the Museum for Spring Break and took our toddler and he did just fine!
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QMW18
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Response from deborahdY2385TY | Reviewed this property |
I would say 8-17. Kids can learn ALOT here.
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