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Indiana State Museum

A blend of local and natural history, as well as the largest IMAX theater in the state, make for an engaging outing.

Located in the White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum is at the physical and cultural heart of Indianapolis. Spread across three floors and featuring more than half a million artifacts, you’ll find eclectic exhibits and displays ranging from the Birth of the Earth to a Pop Culture Wall.
     
Say hello to Fred, the skeleton of a three-ton bull mastodon that roamed the Indiana plains more than 13,000 years ago. Climb aboard a vintage train carriage in the Crossroads of America exhibit and hear stories from Indiana’s “Golden Age” (1880-1920). In the Enterprise Indiana section, wander along a 100-foot (30-meter) assembly line and marvel at beautifully designed mass-produced consumer goods that were manufactured locally from the 1920s to the 1950s. In the Global Indiana exhibit, learn about the state’s more recent famous sons and daughters, including Jane Pauley, Kurt Vonnegut and David Letterman.
 
Don’t miss exploring the sculpture trail outside the building. Known as the 92 County Walk, this stroll takes you past 92 different works of art.

When you need some down-time, enjoy on of the latest blockbusters  in the largest IMAX Theater in Indiana. Another relaxing option is the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, a replica of one of the city’s favorite tearooms. Enjoy traditional dishes like chicken velvet soup and monte cristo sandwiches in this Indianapolis institution. For a more informal vibe, head to the Canal Café and Terrace.
 
The Indiana State Museum is located on the White River Wapahani Trail, a scenic and historic walking and biking path. Extend your time in this area with a visit to the neighboring Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, or head just up the canal to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
 
The Indiana State Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Community Tuesday, the first Tuesday of every month, there’s half-price entry. The city’s IndyGo bus service stops right out front. Onsite parking is available for a small fee.


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Lodging Near Indiana State Museum

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$189
JW Marriott Indianapolis

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 S West Street, Indianapolis
4.5
of 5, from 289 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Lucas Oil Stadium and Indianapolis Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$152
Omni Severin Hotel

Omni Severin Hotel

40 West Jackson Place, Indianapolis
4.2
of 5, from 757 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Indianapolis, Omni Severin Hotel is connected to Circle Centre Mall via skybridge. Guests can walk 3 minutes to the Indianapolis Convention Center and 7 minutes to Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis Amtrak Station is 3 minutes from the hotel on foot.

$119
Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

601 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
4.4
of 5, from 189 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is steps from Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians. NCAA Hall of Champions and Lucas Oil Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

$154
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
4.2
of 5, from 761 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This atrium-style high-rise is linked by enclosed skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre shopping; the state capitol is 1 block away and Lucas Oil Stadium is a half-mile away.

$211
The Alexander

The Alexander

333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis
4.6
of 5, from 330 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and NCAA Hall of Champions are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$189
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

120 W Market St, Indianapolis
4.3
of 5, from 376 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The State Capitol is across the street and the convention center is four blocks from this downtown Indianapolis high-rise hotel.

$149
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

31 W Ohio St, Indianapolis
3.9
of 5, from 427 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 21-story downtown hotel is 2 blocks from Indianapolis City Market, Circle Centre Mall, and the Indiana Convention Center, and is adjacent to historic Monument Circle, the centerpiece of Indianapolis.

$179
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

350 W Maryland St, Indianapolis
4.1
of 5, from 150 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Indianapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indiana Convention Center, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians, and NCAA Hall of Champions. Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse are also within 15 minutes.