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“Very nice facility, but exhibits a bit boring”

Indiana State Museum
Ranked #15 of 172 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Peoria, Illinois
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123 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Very nice facility, but exhibits a bit boring”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

We went to see Amazing Maize, but were a bit disappointed. Nice enough exhibit, but thought it would have been more engaging based on what I had read on the museum website.

Visited December 2011
Thank trek150
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Brownsville, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“So Much Space, More Can be Done”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

The museum has a lot of empty spaces. Why is it that whenver people talk about native americans, only rokcks and geology are displayed?
I thought Michael Jackson was born in Indiana? All those artifacts of Jacko,You could do better Indy.
The only well utilized space was the one dealing with corn.
All in all, the museum is woth visiting to highlight the level of deficany and to ignite some more donations in terms of artifacts and display.

Visited December 2011
Thank dobare
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Anderson, Indiana
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155 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

I have been several times here....usually when a special event is going on. Love to walk the canal.

Visited July 2011
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105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Indiana History”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

Great place to learn about Indiana history. My favorite part was the inventions by Indiana natives. There is also an Imax theater in here.

Visited January 2011
Thank hsipes
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Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very Interesting Museum”
Reviewed 5 December 2011

This is a fascinating museum. Big tall glass windows look out on the restored canal. In the summertime you can rent boats to up and down the canal. The museum has just enough and not too much info, galleries, etc on Indiana history. Lots of stuff I didn't know about. We took my dad to see the Shakleton photos. (explorer who got caught in the ice in the antartic). Stunning photos. He thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is 91 and we needed a wheelchair for when he got tired or long hallways. At the end the museum guard walked him in the wheelchair to the car and took the chair back for us. Very pleasant staff. Good place to go - be inside for awhile and then go for a walk along the canal.

Visited December 2011
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