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Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.

650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

It seems fitting for the Indiana Repertory Theatre to be housed in such a dramatically beautiful 1927 multi-story concrete building. With its white terra cotta façade, emphasized by the Spanish-baroque style triangular curved arch, the building draws attention to the theatre troupe’s glowing marquee in downtown Indianapolis. Inside, the cadre of actors pull crowds in further, showcasing classic productions and newer works with seeming ease. A marble-floored grand lobby welcomes in theatergoers looking to catch one of their nine annual productions, while the sweeping staircase shows mezzanine level patrons to their plush seats. The not-for-profit Indiana Repertory Theatre, founded in 1972, is the only League of Resident Theatres entity in Indiana, sporting more than 100 seasonal and full-time staff.

140 W Washington St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

In this day of DVDs and in-home, on-demand options, drive-in theatres are a rarity. But Tibbs Drive-In Theatre continues to provide what’s generally considered to be an old but cherished way to watch movies, particularly around Indianapolis. From early spring through mid-fall each year, Tibbs visitors can enjoy large-screen movies from the comfort of their own vehicles, or pull together an array of lawn chairs and other foldable furniture for strategically-positioned seats inside the facility’s parking lot. A variety of movies run across the four screens, usually as double-headers, making Tibbs an all-night destination. Concession stand options are plentiful and varied, and a large, grass-covered area is available near the main screen, where younger moviegoers often gather and play.

480 S Tibbs Ave
Indianapolis,
IN
US

"Cooking: Possible" splits the spotlight between celebrity chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, and Jonathon Sawyer, sous chef for Michael Symon on Iron Chef America and owner of Greenhouse Tavern. During the show, the hash-slinging savants pepper engaging cooking demos with video segments from Irvine's popular television series. A large screen perched above the stage pours elaborate views of each dish into the audience, including detailed close-ups and a kiss cam for snuggling potatoes.

4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Bankers Life Fieldhouse may be home to the Indiana Pacers, but the basketball team exudes plenty of Midwestern hospitality. The arena has hosted guests including Metallica, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, as well as other professional sporting events. The welcoming atmosphere continues into the spacious concourse, where dining options range from drinks and pretzels at Mr. Smoothie to BBQ Alley, where athletes can sneak in a quick rack of ribs during halftime.

125 S Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

The Theater Within prides itself on putting on shows that challenge audiences with the toughest issues of the day, provoking their mental engagement in the performance and their own internal reflections on the state of society and the individual. David Auburn's Proof, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, explores themes of madness, genius, and love with the story of Catherine, whose father is a famed but unstable mathematician. When her father dies, Catherine is plunged into her own maelstrom of emotions as her estranged sister arrives, as well as a former student of her father's who has interest in the late mathematician's 103 notebooks. As Catherine deals with these outside forces, she also struggles with her own concerns that she'll follow in her father's mental footsteps. Each of The Theater Within's performances of Proof are followed by a forum with the show's cast, the theater's artistic director, and the audience on the issues touched upon in the play.

1125 Spruce St
Indianapolis,
IN
US