Take a Trip Around the State
Welcome to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites—a statewide museum network with 12 locations across Indiana. Here, we use our collection of artifacts (everything from mastodon bones to T.C. Steele paintings) and our state’s most culturally significant sites to tell larger stories around bigger themes. Whether you’re interested in art, architecture, history or science, we’ve got you covered. Come out and enjoy wide open spaces at our historic sites, explore three floors of fun at our downtown Indianapolis museum, and discover engaging online activities.
Explore Our Exhibits
Thru Aug 1, 2021
FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis
Unravel the opioid crisis one step at a time in this interactive exhibit.Learn More
Feb. 13 - Sept. 19, 2021
State of Nature
Picturing Indiana BiodiversityLearn More
Thru March 14, 2021
Nikon's Small World
Celebrating photography through the microscope.Learn More
Wander Our Galleries
The Evolution of Our Planet
Birth of the Earth
Set 12 to 20 billion years ago, Birth of the Earth traces our state’s history from a geological perspective.Learn More
The Animals that Shaped Indiana
Explore the marine life that once called Indiana home.Learn More
Explore Indiana's Natural History
R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab
Explore Indiana’s natural history through your senses.REOPENING SOON
A State of Change
Explore the Ice Age, beginning with a trip through an ice tunnel beneath a glacier.Learn More
Indiana's Founding People
Discover how ancestors of today’s Native Americans built vibrant communities in Indiana.Learn More
Discover Diverse Landscapes
Discover Indiana’s diverse and dramatic landscapes as early European explorers would have seen them.Learn More
Indiana's Journey to Statehood
Learn how Indiana moved from territory to statehood.Learn More
Step into pioneer Indiana
Step into pioneer Indiana and learn why and how settlers made their homes in our state.Learn More
People Who Lived in Early Indiana
The Hoosier Way
Learn how Indiana forged its identity as it emerged from the Pioneer era.Learn More
Connecting Through Railroads
Crossroads of America
Learn how Hoosiers connected physically through railroads and shared messages through newspapers, books and music.Learn More
Contributions to U.S. Milestones
Experience American milestones through the lens of Indiana’s contributions.Learn More
Indiana's Influence on the World
Demonstrating Indiana’s influence on a global scale.Learn More
Hoosiers who made an impact
Visit a room filled with the faces of famous Hoosiers.Learn More
People Who Shaped Indiana
Providing a diverse cultural experience of Black heritage in Indiana.Learn More
Visit Our Historic Sites
A thousand years ago, southwest Indiana was home to a thriving community of Native Americans.Learn More
From Corydon’s colorful beginnings, Hoosier statesmen carefully built the foundations for the state we know today.Learn More
New Albany, Indiana
The Culbertson Mansion reflects the affluence of a man once considered to be the wealthiest in Indiana.Learn More
Rome City, Indiana
Explore the home of a beloved author, photographer, naturalist and entrepreneur.Learn More
The perfect opportunity to encounter, explore and experience life as it was in the 1840s.Learn More
Fountain City, Indiana
Levi & Catharine Coffin House
As conductors for the Underground Railroad, the Coffins helped more than 1,000 freedom seekers to safety.Learn More
The Limberlost Swamp was the perfect laboratory for author Gene Stratton-Porter to study nature.Learn More
New Harmony, Indiana
Explore the birthplace of two 19th-century utopian communitiesLearn More
Hoosier painter T.C. Steele and his wife Selma built their home in 1907 amongst these rolling hills.Learn More
Explore Indiana’s oldest city, where territory officials made decisions that changed the future of the entire Midwest.Learn More
Discover how this 1840s feat of engineering changed Indiana from a pioneer outpost to the “Crossroads of America."Learn More
Feb 25, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 amSold Out
Toddler Time: All About Me
Feb 27, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pmVincennes
The Princess Academy
Feb 27, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmCorydon Capitol
Famous Hoosiers in the Arts: A Lunch Series
Feb 27, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmCorydon Capitol
Mar 2, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 amSold Out
Small Wonders: Spring Gardening
Mar 2, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pmIndiana State Museum
Homeschool Tuesdays: You're the Archaeologist!
Latest BLog Posts
Posted February 9, 2021
What’s in a Geode?
What’s in a geode, and how do they form those glittering crystals inside.
Posted February 5, 2021
Come play with us
Indiana State Museum receives grant to ramp up programming for gamers
Posted January 29, 2021
More Museum for Your Money
Your membership to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites now opens another 300 doors
Posted January 21, 2021
This year, the celebration of local artists and their work will be virtual. But still a lot of fun.
Posted January 14, 2021
I Have a Dream: Dr. King’s Legacy Lives On
On Jan. 18, 2021, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will honor the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free admission.
Posted December 18, 2020
How to make a Reindeer Nose Cocktail
Until we can gather for a large party again, here's how to make some of our holiday cheer at home.
Posted December 18, 2020
These Old Bones Will Tell Your Story
Fred the Buesching Mastodon still has stories to tell to help us understand the earth’s past.
Posted November 30, 2020
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? No.
Marcy Dodson’s ‘Favorite Things’ tour focuses on unusual items in the ISM’s collection.
Posted November 23, 2020
Thanksgiving: A tradition centuries in the making
But do you know where this tradition came from, or when the national holiday actually came to be?
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