Museums are the cultural hubs of Indianapolis. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about the Circle City or plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 15 museums to visit in our city.
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. | $5-17
This Hoosier haven delves into topical social issues as well as art, science, and history. Plus, if you’re looking to take a mini road trip, we recommend traveling to one of the museum’s historic sites around the state.
Don’t miss: Look for little sculptures on the exterior walls of the building to learn even more about Indiana.
Indiana War Memorial and Museum, 55 E. Michigan St. | Free, donations accepted
Survey the contributions + sacrifices of Hoosier service men and women from present day all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
Indiana Medical History Museum, 3270 Kirkbride Way | $5-10
Walk through the teaching amphitheater, labs, and an autopsy room to learn more about the medical field. The heart of the building is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the country.
Hook’s Historic Drug Store Museum, 1202 E. 38th St. | Free with fair admission
Browse one of the largest collections of drug store artifacts in the nation and sit at the soda fountain with an ice cream soda or phosphate.
Pro tip: This niche museum is usually only open during the State Fair, but you can make a group tour appointment or book it for a special event.
Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd. | $13-20
From 40,000 years of human figures in art to its collection of works by local art collective “The Eighteen,” there’s something for everyone at this art museum.
Don’t miss: Before you leave, be sure to visit the gardens during the warmer months.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, 543 Indiana Ave. | $8-12
Whether you’re a fan of the Hoosier author or just love supporting literacy, the library + museum offers a number of resources on “Uncle Kurt” and his legacy.
Pro tip: Admission is free the first Monday of every month.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St. | Prices fluctuate based on the date, but range from $20-30
This is the largest children’s museum in the world, so if you’re looking to learn more about dinosaurs, Minecraft, sports, or just want to ride the carousel, it has it all.
Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers | $18-24
“Step into the story” at this living history museum, known for its reenactors, hot air balloons, axe-throwing, and petting zoo.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, 4750 W. 16th St. | $2-15
Enjoy a guided tour with a skilled host + listen to stories about the historic Indy site while looking at automobiles and artifacts spanning more than a century.
NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington St. | $3-5
Stop in this two-level museum full of interactive exhibits and learn what it takes to “make the grade” in the NCAA the next time you’re on the canal.
Don’t miss: There’s a ski simulator and a 1930s retro gym you won’t want to leave without seeing.
Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., Carmel | $5-10
The bird’s eye view of this museum includes room boxes, thousands of miniatures, and an inspiration room.
Pro tip: This is a kid-friendly spot that offers scavenger hunts, a fairy door for wishes, and a dollhouse for them to play with.
Indy’s Teeny Statue of Liberty Museum, 2907 E. 10th St. | $0.50
Grab a couple of quarters + head to this micro-museum on the near east side to see more than 1,000 little statues of Lady Liberty.
AFCA Antique Fan Museum, 10983 Bennett Pkwy., Zionsville | Price varies by group size
Are you a fan fanatic? Since 1997, the Antique Fan Collectors Association has operated this museum with more than 2,000 antique ceiling + desk fans.
Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, 748 Mass Ave. | Free, donations accepted
Take a look at a Stutz ladder truck from the 1920s, memorabilia, photos, and other equipment at this Mass Ave. museum.
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