The Historicial Society building is located next to the Indiana Government Plaza, Statehouse, and the Canal Walk. It is a beautiful, large, airy, relatively new structure filled with timeless exhibits about Indiana's history. A film runs continuously highlighting many different topics. At other individual video stations guests can zoom in on individual counties to see photographs telling the county's history. Current exhibits include the Indianapolis 1913 flood, 1955 polio epidemic and the Lily Company role in vaccine, and a black doctor in Indianapolis in the mid 1930's who pioneered the use of EKG machines and worked in City Hospital. These exhibits are first explained with artifacts and signage, then visitors move through a 'cloud' into a first person interpretation/you are there experience. Interpreters are quite good and welcome interaction. Museum staff are present and helpful, but not intrusive.
This is not a kids' museum! Although kids could enjoy and learn much with an adult with them. I don't think we saw any children the day we were there. The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the top kids' choice. IHS is geared for more thoughtful, contemplative visitors and researchers. It's not stuffy, just a more grown up musuem.
Admission is a bargain at $7 and there's a lovely gift shop area, and eatery. Parking is free on site. The Canal Walk that meanders through much of downtown, stretching from north of the Society all the way to the Zoo, is attractive, busy, safe, picturesque, and fun.
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