History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $7 for two general admissions (up to a $14 value)
- $12 for four general admissions (up to a $28 value)<p>
In addition to admission to the Indiana Experience, visitors can visit the William H. Smith Memorial Library, the Basile History Market, and the Stardust Terrace Café.
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.
“Our family enjoyed the Historical Museum, the Ball Factory living exhibit was neat, and so was the LS Ayres area. There was only a few exhibits, so a good place to...”
“Our family enjoyed the Historical Museum, the Ball Factory living exhibit was neat, and so was the LS Ayres area. There was only a few exhibits, so a good place to spend a couple of hours.”
“Great place to learn about Indiana! Plus a really good cafe!”
“A surprising gem of Indianapolis! The interactive exhibits were amazing!”