In person. At home. Online. 

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide museum network with 12 locations across Indiana. Here, we use our incredible collection of artifacts (everything from mastodon bones to T.C. Steele paintings) and our state’s most culturally significant sites to tell larger stories around bigger themes. Whether you’re interested in art, architecture, history or science, we’ve got you covered. Come out and enjoy wide open spaces at our historic sites, explore three floors of fun at our downtown Indianapolis museum, and discover engaging online activities, including story time, behind-the-scenes tours and how-to-videos! Welcome to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Tickets and Information

  • Museum Hours

    Standard Hours
    Wednesday – Sunday
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The Indiana State Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Indiana State Museum will remain open on Mondays and Tuesdays during Fall Break (Oct. 12 and 13) and Spring Break (March 22 and 29), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (FREE) Presidents’ Day (FREE), Memorial Day and Labor Day.

    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.

    Hours for State Historic Sites can be found on their respective web page. 

  • Museum Admission

    Adults – $17
    Seniors* – $16
    Youth* – $12
    College students – $15 (with valid ID from any Indiana college or university)
    Children under 3 – FREE
    *Seniors: Ages 60 and older, Youth: Ages 3 through 17
    *Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

    Buy Tickets

    Buy museum tickets online and save $1 per ticket.

  • COVID-19 Safety

    • Advanced ticket purchases are not required. You can purchase your tickets online and save $1, or at the museum ticket counter upon arrival.
    • All locations require visitors ages 2 and older to wear a mask during their visit to our locations unless you are medically unable. Masks will be provided to visitors who need them.
    • To allow for appropriate social distancing, visitors are invited to walk through the galleries in one direction.
    • Gallery capacities are being monitored closely.
    • High-touch spaces including Firefly Landing and R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab are temporarily closed.
    • The Farmers Market Café is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu consists of soup, grab & go sandwiches, a seasonal salad and beverages. Non-cash transactions are preferred, and socially distanced seating is available indoors and outdoors on the terrace.
    • Our historic sites are open and now is a perfect time to visit! Plan your visit today.
    • The IMAX Theater is open. Learn more about their safety procedures here.
    • Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the museum.
    • Barriers are in place to separate you and museum staff where you buy admission.
    • Emphasis is on contact-free experiences with socially distanced queues.
    • Capacities are limited to ensure space for social distancing.
    • Restrooms, public spaces, galleries and high-touch surfaces are cleaned and sanitized at increased intervals.
    • Staff are doing daily health checks prior to arriving to work.
    • Staff are wearing face coverings/masks when interacting with you or moving through public spaces.
    • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath), please stay home and plan a future visit instead.
  • Access Pass Program

    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is proud to participate in the Access Pass program. Visit for just $2 per family member per visit!

  • Discounts

    Special discounts are available for:

    • Access Pass holders
    • AAA Hoosier Members
    • Education groups
    • Indiana State Employees
    • Staff from Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators
    • Military
    • Other groups
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  • Accessibility

    We understand that visitors’ needs vary, and our visitor services staff is available to help you make the most of your visit.

    Plan your visit by viewing or downloading our Indiana State Museum Map 2020

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  • IMAX

    The IMAX Theater is located on the ground floor of the Indiana State Museum. Museum members receive $1 off standard engagement shows and $2 off special engagement shows. Museum visitors receive $2 off the price of museum admission with the purchase of an IMAX ticket.

  • Parking & Directions

    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.
    Discounted parking rates expire daily at 5:30 p.m. with exceptions made for after-hours events.

    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.

  • Commercial Photography and Videography

    If you are a photographer looking to book a shoot at the Indiana State Museum, please review our commercial photography policy and application process.

Indiana State Museum

Museum Contact & Directions

Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum is the place to explore Indiana’s past, present and future.

Take the Museum Home with You

Visit The Indiana Store for a variety of Indiana-made and Indiana-themed items. You’ll find one-of-a-kind items including art, posters, jewelry, shirts and sweatshirts, books, greeting cards and collectibles. Youth will enjoy novelty candy, toys, stuffed animals and other treats. Proceeds from the sale of all merchandise benefit the Indiana State Museum.

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farmers market cafe

Farmers Market Cafe

Enjoy the best view in the city at the museum’s Farmers Market Café. With indoor and outdoor seating, the menu is reflective of Indiana’s heritage as a source of fresh, local produce with seasonal menus and fresh soups, salads and sandwiches.

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L.S. Ayres Tea Room™

Enjoy traditional favorites inspired by the original L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ including chicken velvet soup and chicken salad. Or, try a classically-inspired tea room experience with hot tea, tea sandwiches and pastries.

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