With the price of plutonium skyrocketing and hybrid flux capacitors still years away, history museums remain the most economical way for humans to glimpse their grandparents without dentures. Witness historical molars with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one household membership to the Indiana Historical Society (a $65 value). The Indiana Historical Society’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis and includes complimentary parking.
A household membership to the Indiana Historical Society provides year-round admission to the society’s interactive Indiana Experience for two full-grown people and four miniature people under the age of 18. Located within the history center, the Indiana Experience features two million images to sink your peepers into, as well as installations designed to let you experience life in the old days without head-injury-induced historical-immersion dreams. The You Are There exhibit sends you walking through life-sized re-creations of historical photographs, allowing you to actually experience scenes such as a WWII-era grocery store (closing December 30 to make room for You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, which opens to the public on February 22). Hit the handsome Lilly Hall to learn about Indiana's legends, or chart a course for Destination Indiana, an installation that features eight drive-yourself stations in which massive 10-foot-by-24-foot screens display the viewers' choice of journeys, stories, and celebrity sasquatch from all of Indiana's 92 counties.
In addition to limitless admission to the Indiana Experience, household membership also provides perks such as invitations to special events, a subscription to the society’s bimonthly newsletter, and discounts at the Basile History Market and Stardust Terrace Café. Whether you’re a lifelong Hoosier or a recently immigrated Indiana enthusiast, today’s deal provides all the noggin-filling knowledge you need to impress friends and intimidate business associates while filling your days with 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