Indianapolis Offers a Multitude of Museums

Indianapolis plays host to many museums. Some offer art, others history, and one is full of kid-friendly fun

On Friday, April 29, 2011 - 07:05

Indianapolis plays host to many museums. Some offer art, others history, and one is full of kid-friendly fun.


With 11 permanent galleries, a children's theater, planetarium and interactive library, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a timeless destination for all ages. The museum was created in 1925 and moved to its current location in 1946, and its current exhibits are designed to let kids explore science, history, world cultures and the arts. Exhibits include Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World, which presents a collection of real dinosaur fossils, Take Me There: Egypt, an exhibit dedicated to modern-day Egypt, and a collection of art by Dale Chihuly called Fireworks of Glass.


The Indiana State Museum in White River State Park invites exploration and discovery of art, science and culture. The Museum is all about Indiana, from the inside out. The building itself is made of resources all found in the state, and the collections inside contain both fossils from prehistoric times as well as current culture items. The Core Galleries tell the story of Indiana, and changing exhibits rotate approximately four times a year.


Other smaller, specialized museums carve out their own niche in Indianapolis. The Indiana Transportation Museum features restored examples of steam, diesel and electric rail transportation from the first half of the 19th century. Built in 1909, the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is continuing its Centennial Era celebration.


Situated on 152 Acres, the newly expanded Indianapolis Museum of Art boasts over 50,000 works of art. Among those works are significant collections of African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles and costumes. There's plenty to see outside as well; the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park holds 100 acres of woodlands, lakes and meadows as well as art works, while the Oldsfields-Lily House & Gardens offers guests a glimpse into life on a country estate.

Photo courtesy of Yo Hibino