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Category: Lanier Mansion

Celebrate boundless curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Have you ever wanted to feed your curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites? What if you could visit for FREE? Well, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – Saturday, Sept. 21 – you can do just that with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket. One Museum Day ticket allows general museum entry for two people at most of our 12 locations from 10 am. to 5 p.m. At the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, find your place in Indiana’s story by... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 13, 2019

13 haunted happenings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

It’s September, and that means soon the leaves will start changing, the temperature will start dropping, and it’ll be time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween.  Looking to plan some spooktacular fun? The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has 13 events around the state sure to fit every family’s taste (and scare level). Tickets and details for each event can be found by clicking the event title.    1.  Quirky Queries:... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 6, 2019

Your guide to the holidays around the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

The holidays can get busy, between the dinners, parties and other obligations. But the season is also about connecting with friends and loved ones. At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we’ve got your family outings covered. From mansions with jaw-dropping holiday décor and visits with Santa, to horse-drawn carriage rides and New Year’s Eve fun, we’ve got something for every family – and every age. Below are our top 10 ideas from around the state. ... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, November 19, 2018

Halloween fun coming to Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

By Hannah Kiefer Spooky fun is coming to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. From family-friendly fun featuring more treats than tricks to real-life paranormal investigations, we have more Halloween fun than you could imagine. Which event is best for you? Use our guide below to find out! Spooky For families with little ones, our slightly-spooky events might be best. Check out these options that feature family-friendly Halloween fun. Family Fright Night... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall fun for everyone, at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

This autumn, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has everything your family needs to get into the fall spirit. From beautiful leaf-viewing destinations to spooky nights out, it’s time to grab your boots, throw on a cozy sweater and hit the road. We’ve got your fall checklist covered – and we promise these are events and opportunities you won’t want to miss. Fall foliage? Check. Nothing says fall like the bloom of gorgeous fall colors across the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, August 31, 2018

One-Tank Trips: Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Summertime means one thing: Road trips. This summer, why not explore what’s in your own backyard by traveling to all the places you’ve driven past but never been to – or falling in love again with old favorites? Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered with our One-Tank Trip series – today featuring Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. “I’m bored!” Lanier Mansion, considered to be the “crown jewel” of... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spring day trip to Lanier Mansion offers beauty, history

The birds are chirping, the leaves are starting to green up - it must be spring time! Celebrate the earth’s reawakening with a beautiful day trip through rolling hills, limestone bluffs and dynamic foliage to a historic steamboat town in southeast Indiana. Stroll through 133 blocks of outstanding architecture, explore one of seven Indiana Arts and Culture Districts and pop into a few of 25+ local restaurants – all in the lovely town of Madison, Ind. The ‘crown jewel of... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, April 4, 2018