Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling into manholes. Give the most overworked sense a vacation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two admission passes ($14 value) to the Indiana Experience, a five-sense-stimulating exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society's Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The Indiana Historical Society is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis and includes complimentary parking.
The Indiana Experience features more than two-million images to sink your peepers into and installations designed to let you experience life in the old days without having head-injury-induced historical-immersion dreams. The You Are Here exhibit sends you walking through 3-D photographs into life-sized recreations of scenes such as a WWII-era grocery store, a 1924 Ford repair shop, and a famous violin shop from 1914. Stop by the Cole Porter Room to experience ’40s-style décor and live performances of the legend's standards in a cabaret setting. The Destination Indiana installation features eight drive-yourself stations, in which massive 10-foot-by-24-foot screens display the viewers' choice of journeys and stories from all of Indiana's 92 counties. These exhibits are mitts-on fun for all ages. Today's deal also gets you 10% off purchases on the day you visit the Indiana Experience at the Basile History Market located inside the Historical Society.
Hit the handsome Lilly Hall to learn about Indiana's legends, and go behind-the-scenes in the Fortune History Lab for demonstrations of how documents and photographs are restored and preserved. Whether you’re a lifelong Hoosier or an average agronomist in town for an Orville Redenbacher top-off pop-off, today's Groupon for the Indiana Experience is a visual spectacle full of brain boosters and nostalgic glee.
Indiana Historical Society
In 1830, a group of history enthusiasts formed a club around a pledge to delve deep into their state’s history and record each decade’s goings-on. So were the humble beginnings of the Indiana Historical Society, now an expansive home for artifacts, images, and a library, all showcasing the state's rich past.
One of the facility's main attractions, the Indiana Experience sculpts the Indiana Historical Society's research into interactive exhibits and programs to forge personal connections between modern populations and their regional predecessors. Within, actors interpret the lives of historical figures and guests interact with three-dimensional re-creations of historic photographs in the You Are There series. In the most recent You Are There, City Under Water, visitors can help with the recovery effort after the great flood of 1913, interacting with volunteers to help the flood sufferers and exploring the Wulf’s Hall Relief Station.
The William H. Smith Memorial Library also maintains a can't-miss archive of documents that explore Indiana's history, including films, sheet music, and historic newspapers, as well as more than 1.7 million photographs. When hunger makes its way onto agendas, visitors can dine indoors at Stardust Terrace Café or outdoors on its canal-side patio.
450 W Ohio St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202Get Directions