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Experience a light show like no other this holiday season at Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2019) – If holiday lights are on your holiday must-see list this year, be sure to add a visit to the Culbertson Mansion.

While there aren’t any holiday lights on the exterior of the mansion, a light show on the interior is one-of-a-kind. Known as the Culbertson Mansion’s “winter moment,” a unique architectural feature from a simple stained glass window on the third floor of the mansion showcases just how spectacular the winter sun’s rays can be.

Whenever the sun shines onto the stained glass window from December to February, color reflects down onto the lower floors of Culbertson Mansion, creating a brilliant show of light. The light strikes the mansion’s chandeliers too, which in turn creates thousands of color prisms on the hallway walls that must be seen to be believed.

“We love sunny days in the winter, and being in the mansion makes it even more magical thanks to the winter moment,” said Jessica Stavros, southeast regional director of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and site manager of Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site. “It’s one of those things that truly immerses you in the past because it’s so simple, yet so brilliant.”

This natural light show can be seen during the mansion’s 11 a.m. tour (only when the sun is shining) and lasts about 45 minutes.

To experience this spectacular show, the rest of the amazing architecture and learn more about William S. Culbertson – the once-richest man in Indiana – plan a visit to Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site this winter. The mansion is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours beginning on the hour.

For media: Schedule a day to capture this unique light show during the 11 a.m. tour by contacting Jessica Stavros at (812) 944-9600. For photos captured during previous winter moments, go here:

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Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site is part of the Indiana State Museum and HIstoric Sites. 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. 

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