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Indiana Historical Society

450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
+1 317-232-1882
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It's always good to visit museums and learn about the culture and people that lived there. I also... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Una R
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Saint Louis, Missouri
THIS IS NOT THE STATE HISTORY MUSEUM

Please beware : this is a cute small series of vignettes, but because of its placement on the canal... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Lisa P
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“cole porter” (36 reviews)
“live actors” (7 reviews)
“re enactors” (6 reviews)
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450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
Downtown Indianapolis
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+1 317-232-1882
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

It's always good to visit museums and learn about the culture and people that lived there. I also had the pleasure of be entertained by a young man named Josiah. He was singing Cole Porter songs in a room that was set up just like...More

Thank Una R
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Please beware : this is a cute small series of vignettes, but because of its placement on the canal and the size of the building, we thought we were seeing Indiana's state history museum. Obviously we were mistaken, and really disappointed.

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 14 October 2016

A relative and I thought her free ticket was the for the Indiana State Museum but her GPS took us here instead and we enjoyed our visit. We loved the interactive history exhibits and discovered that you can research anyone who has ever lived in...More

Thank CoyMarie
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We came to the historical society for the Smithsonian free museum day today. I told my family about it. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be. There were several living history exhibits, a lab that shows how they conserve the items...More

Thank Aylaeh C
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Fourth floor gallery Has paintings featuring lots Of local artists Two interactive Living history displays Ball Corp, statehood Beautiful building Elegant presentations Validated parking Ancestry research Professional library is Available too.

Thank indyizzi
Reviewed 22 August 2016

A quick lesson on the Indiana State constitution, some songs by a chanteuse doing Cole Porter, and a visit to the Ball Canning company were among the interesting experiences we had at this museum and genealogy center. The café on site was perfect for an...More

Thank fireman14
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Visited with my children (8, 11, and 13). The children loved the Cole Porter exhibit (this was a surprise) the most. I would have liked it more if they had songs from "Kiss Me Kate". The singer, while she sang well, could have made more...More

Thank KMc4528
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We brought our friends and their large family here because we are members of IHS. I would say the kids weren't bored overall. The Historical Society isn't very big so it definitely wouldn't overwhelm you. You can spend about two hours here and still be...More

Thank Jiayin Vivian F
Reviewed 18 July 2016

The Indiana Historical Society was a delightful place to visit. It is situated right off the canal just a short walk from all the major downtown hotels.There are 4 rooms within the Society where there take you back in time to different eras in Indiana...More

1  Thank Alex T
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Indiana and it's contributions come to life here. Interactive technology greets you, as well as short video vignettes that entertain and inform. Our kids love the interactive booths where they can choose what they would like to learn. Live interactions with period actors and volunteers...More

1  Thank CapitanBrad
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