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Hoosier Salon 96th Annual Exhibition to open at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS ( Aug. 10, 2020 ) – Nearly 150 pieces of award-winning art by Indiana artists will be showcased during the Hoosier Salon 96th Annual Exhibition when it returns to the Indiana State Museum beginning Aug. 29. This competition is Indiana’s longest-running annual art exhibition and considered to be the preeminent juried exhibition of art created by Indiana artists. The 96th annual exhibition will feature 147 pieces of art – including both two-dimensional and... Read More
at 8/10/20

Celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter's birthday during special open house event

ROME CITY, Indiana ( Aug. 5, 2020 ) – Join in a celebration of the life and legacy of Indiana author, naturalist and photographer Gene Stratton-Porter during a birthday open house at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.  Visit Gene’s gorgeous Cabin in Wildflower Woods that she designed herself, take a stroll through the gardens surrounding her home on Sylvan Lake, and enjoy pre-packaged cookies and punch during the birthday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. ... Read More
at 8/5/20

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires site manager for T.C. Steele State Historic Site

NASHVILLE, Indiana ( July 24, 2020 ) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named a site manager at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Jessica Stephens, who currently serves as the youth programs manager at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, will begin her new role at the state historic site on July 28. As site manager, Stephens will oversee daily operations, programming and interpretation for the Brown County home and studio of Hoosier painter T.C. Steele. ... Read More
at 7/24/20

Very Eric Carle Exhibit Opens at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS ( July 17, 2020 ) – Colorful adventures await in the traveling exhibit, “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit,” now open at the Indiana State Museum.  At this play-and-learn exhibit, visitors can step into the pages of author and illustrator Eric Carle’s colorful picture books while discovering and playing with the characters from his well-known children’s books. His classic “Very” series, all... Read More
at 7/17/20

MEDIA ADVISORY: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to reopen June 19

INDIANAPOLIS (June 12, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites plans to reopen its locations across the state on June 19, following a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All locations will open at 10 a.m. on June 19 with the exception of Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, which is currently closed for renovations, and New Harmony State Historic Site, which will reopen in the fall on the University of Southern Indiana’s schedule.  The... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 6/12/20

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites temporarily closes in response to COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2020) – At the direction of the governor and in compliance with recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), all 12 locations of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, effective March 17. This decision was made in the interest of protecting visitors, staff and volunteers. This situation continues to evolve, and a reopen date will be established in... Read More
at 3/16/20

Activist art show opening at Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2020) – On March 28, a new experience will open at the Indiana State Museum, featuring art from female artists with Indiana ties. These artists were inspired by various causes, from mental health or the environment to AIDS or immigration.  Cause and Æffect: Art That Speaks Out will feature works from 14 different artists in a variety of mediums, including paintings, tapestry, sculpture and more. The show is in honor of the 100th anniversary of... Read More
at 3/10/20

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites adds director to development team

INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has added a director of foundation and government relations to its development team.  Swati Gunale joined the State Museum on Feb. 24. In her new role, she is responsible for leading the strategic management of foundation and government funding support for the museum system. Gunale recently served as the director of grants and foundation relations for WFYI Public Media. Prior to that, she served as... Read More
at 3/5/20

GeoFest gem, fossil and mineral show returns to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2020) – Rock, mineral and fossil lovers are invited to GeoFest at the Indiana State Museum on Feb. 21-23.  This annual gem, fossil and mineral show will feature 22 vendors from all over the country, including bead and jewelry-makers, as well as vendors selling gems and fossils. Community partners will also be on site with hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy.  For photos of past GeoFests, go here:  WHAT: ... Read More
at 2/11/20

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites to offer free admission on Presidents’ Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will offer free admission to the downtown Indianapolis museum and all currently open state historic sites on Feb. 17 in honor of Presidents’ Day. Please note, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, New Harmony State Historic Site in New Harmony and Whitewater Canal State Historic Site in Metamora have seasonal hours and are currently closed. WHAT: Celebrate Presidents’... Read More
at 2/7/20