At 30,000-square-feet with history chronologically placed throughout to display American history from the Revolutionary War until the present, the Indiana War Memorial is in a category of its own. The museum’s purpose is to commemorate, memorialize, and acknowledge the past of America through the many wars it has participated in, the victories, the losses, and the lives lost. It also has a collection of thousands of pieces of military equipment, weapons, uniforms, and many other artifacts of the wars fought. Another important mission is to educate the public on the part Indiana played in the history of America’s military forces and why it should matter.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
431 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 650 9058
From African art to contemporary design, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has collections for many different kinds of art enthusiasts. For those interested in research and documented resources, the museum has two libraries on its campus: the Stout Reference Library and the Horticulture Society Library. Between both libraries, there are thousands of non-circulating research collections and general reference books that are available upon request and to the public respectively. The IMA is among the top museums in Indiana and regularly hosts new exhibitions, adding to its astounding collections.
Opening hours: Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-9pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 923 1331
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the perfect place for children to explore their curiosities. With exhibits and demonstrations designed for children to be thoroughly entertained, this museum is easily a big stress reliever for parents. It’s also a fantastic and entertaining educational journey for children with live theater performances, science exhibitions, exhibits of beloved children’s characters, and much more.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 334 4000