Visit the Museum

Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum is the place to explore Indiana’s past, present and future — from mastodons and dire wolves to contemporary art by some of Indiana’s best artists.

Purchase tickets online

Phone: 317.232.1637


Standard Hours
Tuesday - Sunday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
*Please check our calendar for exceptions.

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed Mondays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site. The Indiana State Museum will remain open on Mondays during fall break, spring break and the month of December. 

The Indiana State Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours may vary on holidays and days when downtown special events (such as parades or races) restrict traffic on streets near the museum. 

Museum Admission

Members are always free.

Adult - $17
Senior* - $16
Youth* - $12
College student - $15 (with valid ID from any Indiana college or university)
Children under 3 - FREE 
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Youth: Ages 3 through 17
Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket. 


Additional Discounts

Access Pass
Access Pass admission is $2 (not available online) per family member per visit, for up to two adults and dependent youth living in the household.
Access Pass Application 

AAA Hoosier Members
AAA Hoosier Members receive $1 off admission.

Museum admission is free for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of ten or more K-12 students. Afterschool programs also have a  special field trip rate. Self-guided preschools and day cares pay group admission. The Preschool Journeys program costs $6 per student, $6 per chaperone and is free for teachers. Learn more >>

IMAX discount
Receive $2 off the price of museum admission with the purchase of an IMAX ticket. Discount not available online.

Indiana State Employees
All Indiana state employees receive $10 off of NEW memberships.

Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators
Staff from Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators member institutions receive free admission.

Military admission
To honor their service, active military receives free admission every day, and their immediate family members receive $2 off admission. Veterans receive free admission from Nov. 1 – 12. Additionally, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites are members of the Blue Star Museum program. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active military and their immediate families receive free admission.

Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio discount
Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio ticket on the same day. Not available online.

Show Us Your Badge
Attendees of events at the Indiana Convention Center receive $2 off museum admission. Present your convention badge to the museum to receive the discount. 


Museum members receive $1 off standard engagement shows and $2 off special engagement shows. Discount only available at the IMAX Box Office.

Standard Engagement
(movie length 60 mins. or less)

ADULT - $10
SENIOR - $8 

CHILD - $7

Buy IMAX tickets online

Special Engagement Matinee

ADULT - $13 

SENIOR - $13 

CHILD - $11 

ADULT - Ages 13 through 64 
SENIOR - Ages 65 and older 

CHILD - Ages 3 through 12

Special Engagement 

ADULT - $16 

SENIOR - $16

CHILD - $12 

Special engagement matinee shows will be the first showtime of the day. 

IMAX Theater accepts cash, checks, VISA, Discover and MasterCard.

Directions & Parking


The Indiana State Museum is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis. The Indiana Department of Transportation has current information on road conditions.

Where to park

Parking is available in the attached White River State Park underground parking garage on Washington Street and in nearby garages, or in the White River State Park South Lot. For more information about other parking locations in the area, visit the Indianapolis Downtown parking site.

Parking rates for the 
White River State Park Garage

$5 per car (with the purchase of a ticket to the Indiana State Museum)
$5 per car (with a $10 purchase from the Indiana Store)
Free (with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket)
$5 per car (with a $10 purchase from the cafe)
These rates apply to most special event days, including Colts games.

Public Transportation

IndyGo operates six bus routes that directly serve White River State Park and Military Park. 

Group Visits


Gather your group to explore the Hoosier state at the Indiana State Museum! Group visits are typically self-guided and last two to three hours.


The Indiana State Museum provides reasonable modifications to ensure it does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services or activities.