Exhibitions

Making a Mark in Science: Percy Julian

Now through Feb. 28, 2017

Located in Legacy Theater on Level 1

Making a Mark tells the story of one of America’s greatest research chemists. A DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) graduate, Dr. Julian triumphed, overcoming obstacles and closed opportunities to become a leading scientist.

Nikon's Small World

Now through March 19, 2017

Located on Level 3

Discover the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope. The world’s best photo-micrographers have captured dynamic images that showcase a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines.

Pulp

Now through June 18, 2017

Located in the NiSource Gallery on Level 3

Artists have a wealth of options when it comes to the technology and materials used to create their art. Pulp explores the energy and mystery of one choice – paper. For an artist, a sheet of paper can be the beginning of a journey that lasts a lifetime. Paper, specifically fine art paper, comes in a variety of physical characteristics: smooth or rough, thick or thin, opaque or transparent, each suiting different needs of the artist using it. Pulp goes beyond the subject matter and explores how the medium itself influences the creative direction of each piece of art. The show features 26 contemporary works on paper from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites permanent collection.  

Ice Age Graveyards

Now through Sept. 4, 2017

Located in the Ford Gallery on Level 3 

Come discover the mastodons and mammoths that were Indiana’s last native giants. Ice Age Graveyards is an exciting look at Indiana’s chilly past, presented in a cool new way. 
This exhibition is part of the Year of Science, presented by Lilly. 

Lincoln’s Mallet

Located in the Core Galleries on Level 2

The Indiana State Museum has unveiled a previously unknown artifact from Abraham Lincoln’s life in Indiana. Lincoln’s bench mallet (circa 1829) will be on public display for the first time in 188 years, on his birthday, February 12 and remain on view through 2016 at the museum. This artifact was originally a splitting maul used by Lincoln to drive iron wedges into logs creating split-rails for fencing. The maul head, made from a tree root-ball, eventually split in half. Rather than discard the tool, Lincoln repurposed it into a bench mallet he used to drive pegs into furniture and other fixtures. Lincoln discarded the original long handle and relocated a shorter grip into the remaining portion of the maul to create a mallet.

Level 1 Core Galleries

Featuring the natural history that made Indiana what it is today, the core galleries on level one feature artifacts and interactive experiences that allow visitors to connect with Indiana's geology, geography, paleontology and archaeology.

Level 2 Core Galleries

The second level of the museum is dedicated primarily to the culture and cultural history of Indiana. From Abraham Lincoln to RCA televisions, Stutz automobiles to Civil War artifacts, this is the place to explore the cultural history of Hoosiers.

History IN Progress:

We're currently working on some exciting updates to our core galleries. We've just unveiled all-new Natural Regions, Contested Territory and 19th State galleries. These spaces are more immersive, more interactive and offer fantastic new experiences to explore. As we move through our plan to create the same sort of exiting changes in all of our core galleries, you may notice areas that are closed while we make these improvements. Please note that beginning February 23, 2017, the Ice Age and Prehistoric Native American galleries will be closed to the public for renovations. If you have questions about specific areas or artifacts, please call us at 317.232.1637 or email museumcommunication@indianamuseum.org prior to your visit, and we'll be happy to help.