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“Small museum with a lot of pizzazz”

Indiana Historical Society
Ranked #25 of 181 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Decided that this year we were going to see the town we lived it. It came to our attention that we knew more about San Antonio that our hometown. This is a little known, oft overlooked treasure house. Several rooms which create glimpses of the past. Had our photo taken (for free) at the turn of the century photographer's studio. Was serenaded (for free) at the Cole Porter room. Learned about the great flood of 1933 (for free) at the Indy under water room. Saw the first African American doctors office. Lots of other things. And on Thursdays from 4-8 it is (you guessed it) free. Great place to listen to the concerts on the canal. Just a great place to go.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is a unique museum as there aren't very many displays but more or an interactive experience with individuals acting in character to describe events that have occurred in Indiana. My daughter enjoyed it much more then I thought she would and while it's not an all day type of place it's a good place to kill an hour. The charge 7 bucks for adults but they validate your parking which saves you 5 dollars.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

I'm very impressed how nice is the place I amazed how we can go back in time and feel that way . This is great way to Lear about Indiana . The stuff is very friendly would highly recommended to my family and friend this is must see if you in Indianapolis also $7 is well worth !!!!!! Absolutely love it !!!!!

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Ours was an atypical experience at IHS -- we didn't tour the attraction, but rather held my daughter's wedding there.
The venue is interesting and beautiful and the staff were very nice and accommodating.
I would highly recommend this venue for a beautiful and memorable wedding!

Thank AJMF
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

A beautiful place aesthetically, it is hard to know just where you want to start. The full sized mastodon exhibit is exceptional.There is also a actual old grade school which was preserved and moved there, I believe from the 1920's so people can glimpse into the past. There is also an outstanding walk into the past,where you go through "smoke", etc... And you are in a time in the past, which was most recently the polio outbreak of the 50s. It is called "You are There". There are massive amounts of things to do there, great dining/picnic area, and SUPERB interactive exhibits. It is relatively inexpensive and there are some areas that can be visited without a charge. Christmas is outta sight there with a great North Pole train.

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