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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: http://bit.ly/3blYuCl  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

Irsay Collection to loan ‘Big Book’ from Alcoholics Anonymous for display in Indiana State Museum’s opioid exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24, 2020) – In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), it’s known as the "Big Book" – a treatment plan that lays out the 12-step program that the group is known for.  The original draft of the manuscript is coming to the Indiana State Museum starting Feb. 1 and will be on display in the museum’s new exhibit, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis . The book is on loan to the museum from The Jim Irsay Collection, a robust assemblage... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/24/20

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hires program developer

ROME CITY, Indiana ( Jan. 20, 2020 ) – The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired a program developer at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site . Lauren Oxley joined the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites on Jan. 6. Oxley previously worked as an interpretive naturalist at Pokagon State Park in Angola and for Club Demonstration Services in Fort Wayne.   She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/20/20

Indiana State Museum and IU to host naloxone training event

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2020) – The Indiana State Museum and Indiana University’s Responding to the Addiction Crisis Grand Challenge will host a panel discussion and naloxone (brand name Narcan) training event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 1. This event coincides with opening day of the museum’s exhibit, FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis . Naloxone is an FDA-approved medication that is administered in an emergency to counter the effects of an... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/17/20

Celebrate creativity during CREATE! at the Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 15, 2019) – Visitors to the Indiana State Museum can celebrate all things creativity during the museum’s second annual CREATE! event on Jan. 25 For photos of last year’s CREATE! go here: http://bit.ly/37VYrKG WHAT: Imagination and artistry are front and center at this celebration featuring fun for the whole family. Attendees will experience art, film, music and more through artistic displays, musical performances and a chance to invent... Read More
Posted by Emily Winship at 1/15/20