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.


The Indiana State Museum 
is open for fun and adventure:

Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

11 a.m. – 5 p.m

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

*Please check our calendar for exceptions. 

Museum Admission

Includes admission to the Museum. Members are free.

Buy museum tickets online.

ADULT - $13
SENIOR* - $12
CHILD* - $8.50
COLLEGE STUDENT - $9.75 (with valid ID from any Indiana college or university)
*Seniors: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17

IMAX discount:
Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced IMAX ticket on the same day. Not available online.

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.


Buy IMAX tickets online

Standard Engagement
(movie lengths 60 min. or less)

ADULT - $10
SENIOR - $8 

CHILD - $7

Special Engagement Matinee

ADULT - $13 

SENIOR - $13 

CHILD - $11 

Special Engagement 

ADULT - $16 

SENIOR - $16

CHILD - $12 

ADULT - AGE 13 – 64 

CHILD - AGE 3 – 12

Special engagement matinee shows are Mon. - Fri. before 5 p.m. 

Sat., Sun. and Holidays before 2 p.m.

Beginning March 12017, special engagement matinee shows will be the first showtime of the day
We accept cash, checks, VISA, Discover and MasterCard.

Directions & Parking


*Directions may not reflect construction detours. The Indiana Department of Transportation has current information on road conditions. In addition, there may be detours due to special events. Visit Indianapolis Downtown Inc. for updated special event detour information.

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 Parks’ 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 purchase from the Indiana Store)
Free (with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket)
$5 per car* (with a purchase from the cafe)
*This rate applies 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. 
For more information on IndyGo service, visit the IndyGo website.


Group Visits

Everything is more fun with friends!

Gather your group to explore the Hoosier State at the Indiana State Museum! Group visits to the Indiana State Museum are typically self-guided and last two to three hours. If you prefer a guided experience, book one of our docent-led tours.

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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.

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