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. 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

Members are always free.

ADULT - $14.95
SENIOR* - $13.95
CHILD* - $9.95
COLLEGE STUDENT - $12.95 (with valid ID from any Indiana college or university)
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17
Buy museum tickets online

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.

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 


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.

Parking Alert

EFFECTIVE SEPT. 5: The renovations to the White River State Park underground parking garage are well underway. Beginning Sept. 5, the main entrance to the museum, off of Washington Street, will be closed through Oct. 17. Visitors may access the underground garage parking from the *WEST entrance during this time.
*To access the WEST entrance, continue past the main entrance to the first traffic light – you’ll see the White River State Park Visitor Center on your right and Victory Field on your left. Turn right, and turn right again to proceed over 3 speed bumps to the entrance of the parking garage. Follow the signs to lower levels 1 or 2 to Indiana State Museum & IMAX parking.   

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. If you prefer a guided experience, book one of our docent-led tours.


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.