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A one-of-a-kind setting for a once-in-a-lifetime day.

We know you have many decisions to make about your wedding, including where to host it. At the Indiana State Museum, you can choose from a variety of event spaces to accommodate your guest count. Want to say “I Do” in an intimate location overlooking the canal? Or host your reception in an event space sure to wow your guests? We have a space that is sure to fit your vision for your special day.

Download our individual guides to learn about hosting your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony or wedding reception at the museum. Or, download the all-in-one guide

To inquire about hosting your event at the Indiana State Museum, please fill out our inquiry form.

Reception Spaces

Governor Frank & Judy O’Bannon Great Hall & Ball Family Terrace

(Accommodates 250 guests with room for dancing)

The iconic INDIANA obelisk graces the center of the Great Hall, lending elegance and unmistakable Hoosier presence to your event. With the canal flowing outside and the breathtaking architecture indoors, this is the ideal space for a memorable reception. The adjacent Ball Family Terrace is included in rental of the Great Hall and is a good option for cocktail hour. It provides guests with spectacular views of the canal, Military Park, and the downtown Indianapolis skyline.

Rapp Reception Hall

(Accommodates 80 guests with room for dancing)

With striking views of downtown Indianapolis, the Rapp Reception Hall’s location in the heart of the museum makes it a beautiful setting for a wedding reception. Your guests will enjoy visiting the NiSource Gallery (pending exhibit availability) and peering into the museum’s permanent exhibitions located below.

Farmers Market Café & Terrace

(Accommodates 100 guests with room for dancing)

The Farmers Market Café and Terrace is a wonderful contemporary space for an intimate wedding reception. The adjacent terrace offers a beautiful view of downtown Indianapolis, and is the perfect location for cocktail hour before moving indoors for dinner and dancing.

L.S. Ayres Tea Room

(Accommodates 30 guests with room for dancing)

Nostalgic elegance and delicious food make the L.S. Ayres Tea Room a lovely venue for an intimate wedding reception. A recreation of the original, your guests will be immersed in a beautiful setting throughout your event.


Ball Family Terrace

(Accommodates 300 guests)

The Ball Family Terrace is a beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony on the canal. The stunning views of Military Park and the Indianapolis skyline will excite your guests and create lasting memories.

Farmers Market Café Terrace

(Accommodates 200 guests)

For a private location with beautiful views of downtown Indianapolis, the canal and Military Park, the Farmers Market Café Terrace is the perfect location.

Canal Overlook Bridge

(Accommodates 250 guests)

With its contemporary design and views of White River State Park, the Canal Overlook Bridge is a wonderful indoor location for a memorable ceremony.

Rapp Reception Hall

(Accommodates 100 guests)

For an intimate ceremony, the Rapp Reception Hall is an indoor location with breathtaking views of downtown Indianapolis. The adjacent Foucault Pendulum provides photo opportunities for you and your guests.

Additional locations may be available for more intimate ceremonies. Please call 317.233.9983 to inquire.