Explore more through your own private tour

Discover stories behind artifacts on display at the Indiana State Museum during a private tour. Choose from a variety of themes listed below.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private tours are limited to 20 people. Tours run approximately one hour.

Notorious Indiana

Offered year-round

Unfortunately, Indiana is not immune to “bad guys.” Learn more about several of our collection items that have a dark past. Leave with a greater understanding of why items like these have a place in the museum’s galleries.

Black History

Offered year-round

Go beyond the exhibit label and learn more about the artifacts featured in our museum that connect to Black and African American history in Indiana.

92 County Walking Tour

Offered April – October

Learn about the 92 sculptures on exterior of the Indiana State Museum – one representing every county in the state. Visit sculpture highlights that are influenced by history and learn about the interesting times some of our sculptures have seen since they’ve existed. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Weather Policy
In case of rain or storms we will offer the My Favorite Things Tour as an indoor alternative.

My Favorite Things

Offered year-round

Join our staff as they share some of their favorites from our collection that you will find in our galleries. We will be sure to stop at Abraham Lincoln’s splitting maul and a hair wreath that are on display in our permanent galleries. Be sure to wear those walking shoes, we will be exploring the galleries. Tour runs approximately one hour.

Indiana State Museum General ISM

Remembering Those Who Served

Offered year-round

Learn about Hoosiers that served in the armed forces and the artifacts that reflect their stories. As staff walk with you through our galleries, we will discuss featured artifacts that tell the story of Hoosiers that served in the Civil War, WWI and WWII.  Artifacts will be discussed that reflect the experience and stories of the WWII war correspondent, Ernie Pyle. The tour will last about 60 minutes depending on group size. Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes, as we will be walking through our galleries.

  • Pricing

    • Flat rate fee of $75 for Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Flat rate fee of $100 for Saturday or Sunday or outside of normal 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. operating hours
    • Minimum of 5 people to book a tour, each additional person is $5
  • Details

    • Groups are limited to 20 people max
    • Tour runs approximately 1 hour
    • If you wish to continue exploring the museum after your tour, museum admission is required and is sold separately.
    • Guests will get $5 parking vouchers
    • Tour request must be submitted at least two weeks prior to requested tour date. We accommodate all requests as much as possible but confirmation of tour will be dependent upon staffing and other museum events.

Staff will respond to tour inquiries within two business days.