The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, instead padding exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we’ve come with today’s Groupon to the Indiana Experience at the Indiana Historical Society. Children younger than 5 are admitted free, as are members. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get two general-admission tickets to be used before the end of 2011 (up to a $14 value).
- For $7, you get two general-admission tickets to be used between January 1 and May 1 (up to a $14 value).<p>
The Indiana Experience at The Indiana Historical Society’s exhibits, programs, and materials preserve and share the past to forge a personal connection between modern populations and their regional predecessors. Live actors interpret historical figures and interact with the three-dimensional recreations of historial photographs of the You Are There series. During exhibits, guests can take virtual journeys through time to listen to the first sentence ever spoken in pig Latin or to witness the recreation of monumental moments such as Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s emotional announcement of Martin Luther King’s assassination, or visit a number of interactive historical exhibits on everyday Hoosier life. The William H. Smith Memorial Library is an archive of documents that explore Indiana’s history, including films, sheet music, and commemorative coins and medals, as well as more than 38,000 digital images that cover military history, notable Hoosiers, and Abraham Lincoln’s diverse hat collection.
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.
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