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1940s Dance Hall coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 13, 2018) – On Dec. 7, visitors to the Indiana State Museum are invited to put on their dancing shoes and best ‘40s attire for a 1940s Dance Hall – a brand new event featuring food, dancing and drinks. 

This event is for ages 21+, and ticket purchase includes light appetizers, fresh donuts and a free signature cocktail, including a Gin Rickey or Cuba Libre. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at, by calling 317-232-1637 or by credit card at the door. 

WHAT: During World War II, the United Service Organization (USO) was founded to provide recreational events to members of the U.S. military – including dances. During this event, attendees are invited to don their best 1940s attire and dance the night away USO-style while enjoying snacks and drinks. Naptown Stomp will partner with the museum to provide swing dance lessons at the event and DJ throughout the night. Attendees can also send a 1940s “tweet” using a typewriter, take a selfie with Rosie the Riveter and participate in contests for various prizes throughout the evening. No previous dance experience is required. 

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m., Dec. 7

WHERE: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

PRICE: Advance purchase tickets are $25/members, $30/non-members; tickets purchased at the door are $30/members, $35/non-members

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage. 

Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 10:30 AM