Released June 12, 2020

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 museum system will also operate on new hours and will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Special member hours will be instituted at the Indiana State Museum from 9 to 10 a.m., June 19-21 and 24-28. During that hour, only members can visit the museum.

During the closure, museum staff carefully evaluated how to reopen safely, and information about cleaning procedures and other safety measures can be found here:

At the Indiana State Museum, all of the permanent and temporary galleries will be open, including “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside our Opioid Crisis” and “Cause and Æffect: Art that Speaks Out.”

High-touch spaces, including Firefly Landing and the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab, will remain closed.


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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 Angel Mounds in the southeast.