Released February 20, 2023


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum will stay open late on Thursdays – until 8 p.m. – beginning March 2, an addition of three hours to its weekly operating schedule.

“This is a new opportunity for people to visit the museum during a time when it has traditionally not been accessible,” said Eric Todd, vice president of operations for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This should give working people who may be busy on the weekends the opportunity to visit when it fits into their schedules.”

For the first couple of months, the museum plans to assess the audience for Late Night Thursdays before adding additional programming on Thursday evenings during the summer. Potential programs include game nights, college nights and events based around the museum’s special exhibits.

The museum’s regular hours are now 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for children and $5 for current college students with an Indiana school ID. Admission is discounted $2 after 3 p.m. on all days.

On Thursdays, the Farmers Market Café will be open until 7 p.m., the Indiana Store will be open until 8 p.m. and IMAX® theater concessions also will be available.

For more information, call Visitor Services at 317-232-1637.


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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide museum system with 12 locations, offering visitors a chance to engage with Indiana’s past and present and see how their actions help shape the future. At each location, visitors are invited to explore big questions and create lasting experiences that will resonate long after each visit ends. Whether interested in art or architecture, history or science, there’s something for everyone and every interest. The Indianapolis museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The historic sites are located statewide, stretching from Rome City in northeastern Indiana to Evansville in the southwest.