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
March 18 - Oct 29, 2023
Discover how the 19th-century Black community fought for full citizenship.Learn More
Feb 18 - Oct 15, 2023
Vintage Vision: Cars of the 1920s
Indiana was once a mecca of automobile manufacturing and wow, we turned out some beauties.Learn More
Jan 28 - June 25, 2023
Inspired by the Dunes
Frank Dudley's inspiration from the beauty of the Indiana Dunes.Learn More
Open thru Feb 19, 2023
Nikon's Small World
Celebrating photography through the microscope.Learn More
Wander Our Galleries
An Evolving Collection
Interact with our unique collection of objects in playful and unexpected ways.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.Learn More
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
Jan 28, 2023 11:00 am - 3:30 pmLevi & Catharine Coffin
Quilting Blocks & Binding Threads
Feb 4, 2023 11:15 am - 12:00 pmT.C. Steele
Feb 5, 2023 11:15 am - 12:00 pmT.C. Steele
Children’s Tour: James Whitcomb Riley and T.C. Steele
Feb 6, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pmSold Out
Homeschool Monday: Trip Around the U.S.A.
Feb 7, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pmSold Out
Homeschool Tuesday: Trip Around the U.S.A.
Feb 7, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 amSold Out
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