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, find it all in our permanent and changing experiences. Explore current experiences >>

Plan a special trip based on our upcoming programs, events and festivals. Explore special activities >>



Standard Hours
Wednesday - Sunday

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

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, with the exception of New Harmony State Historic Site. 

The Indiana State Museum will remain open on Mondays and Tuesdays during fall break, spring break and the month of December. Additionally, the museum is open on Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - FREE, President's Day - FREE, Memorial Day, New Years Eve and New Year's Day.

The Indiana State Museum is closed on Easter, Veterans Day, 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
*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. 


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

Browse our list of discount offers >>


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

Plan your visit by viewing or downloading our museum map >>


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. Learn more >>

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.
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. Learn more >>