Exhibitions

Stone Country: Then and Now

Now through Sept. 10, 2017

Located in Rapp Gallery on Level 3

In 1985, photographer Jeffrey Wolin and writer Scott Russell Sanders published Stone Country. The project documented the limestone industry and its profound impact on the people of southern Indiana. Thirty years later, the two have updated the book to reflect the changing industry and the men and women who continue to move the traditional industry into the future. The Indiana State Museum is proud to feature Stone Country: Then and Now. The exhibition features 30 photographs showing the three-decade progression of the limestone industry in the Hoosier state.

Ice Age Graveyards

Now through Sept. 17, 2017

Located in 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. 

Hoosier Salon

Now through Oct. 8, 2017

Located in Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery on Level 3

Now in its 93rd year, the annual Hoosier Salon is returning to the Indiana State Museum. The museum previously hosted the longstanding Indiana art tradition from 1990 to 2011. The Hoosier Salon’s new five year agreement with the museum showcases the commitment of both organizations to presenting the best of Indiana’s artists. The juried exhibition of recent art by Indiana’s best artists will remain on view through Oct. 8, 2017.
The Hoosier Salon is a statewide nonprofit artist-service organization based in Indianapolis with galleries in Carmel, Indiana and New Harmony, Indiana.

20th Annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest

Now through Aug. 27, 2017

Located in Legacy Theater on Level 1

Electric Consumer, Indiana Electric Cooperative and Hoosier Salon present the 20th Annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest, featuring artwork from K-12 Hoosier students.

Science at Play

Now through Jan. 15, 2018

Located in NiSource Gallery on Level 3

Chemistry sets and science toys have fascinated children for decades. They reassured parents that their children would be more prepared for prestigious careers, and convinced kids that experiments were daring and exciting. Science at Play, the first major museum exhibition to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children, draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation's collection of more than 250 science kits and toys. 
Presented by the White Oak Foundation, along with Sarah and John Lechleiter.
This exhibition is part of the Year of Science, presented by Lilly
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100 Years Later: Indiana in the First World War

Now through Nov. 11, 2018

This exhibition will be presented in parts during 2017 and 2018. From cases of artifacts to displays of art, there will be a range of ways to enjoy and experience this exhibition.

From April 6, 2017 through Nov. 11, 2018, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. With several installations and exhibitions available in our public spaces, the ISMHS will explore Indiana’s contributions to the war effort. Along with the personal and political sacrifices Hoosiers made, visitors will learn more about this challenging historical period and honor Indiana’s veterans.

Wartime Music – Thomas A. King Bridge Gallery
Now – Nov. 12, 2017

Women in the War – Thomas A. King Bridge Gallery
Now – Nov. 12, 2017

Indiana in the War – Throughout the museum 
May 2017 – Nov. 2017
May 2018 – Nov. 2018

Honoring Hoosier Veterans – Gov. Frank & Judy O'Bannon Great Hall
2018

Field of Poppies; an Interactive Experience – Gov. Frank & Judy O'Bannon Great Hall
2018

Questions about what will be on view during your visit? Please call guest services at 317.232.1637. 

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) is on public display for the first time in 188 years 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 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 exciting changes in all of our core galleries, you may notice areas that are closed while we make these improvements. Please note that the Ice Age and Prehistoric Native American galleries are closed to the public for renovations. If you have questions about specific areas or artifacts, please call 317.232.1637 or email us prior to your visit, and we'll be happy to help.