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A Quick Guide to Indianapolis Museums

I wrote last week about visiting Indianapolis and having a great time at the museums on offer. So, this week I thought I’d put together a list of the major museums in Indy so you don’t end up visiting them on a day they’re closed (like me).

Feel free to print this guide out so you have easy access to it while exploring Indy!

The Morris Butler House Museum

Open on:

February through December:
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3:00 pm

Guided tours begin on the hour starting at 10 a.m. Last tour of the day begins at 3 p.m. No reservation necessary except for groups of 10 or more.

Cost:

$5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child or full-time student
Tours are free to members of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana

Contact:

Morris-Butler House
1204 North Park Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-636-5409
Fax: 317-636-2630

Website

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Open on:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open Daily, March 2, 2009 – September 7, 2009 (Labor Day)

Open Tuesday – Sunday, September 8, 2008 – February 28, 2010

Cost:

Youth (ages 2-17) $9.50

Adult (ages 18-59) $14.50

Senior (60+) $13.50

Free Days:

April 26, 2009 — El Dia de Los Niños

December 24, 2009 — Christmas Eve (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

January 18, 2010 — MLK Day

February 15, 2010 — Presidents Day

Target Free Family Night:

Open free for Families the 1st Thursday of each month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an
adult.

Contact:

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-334-3322
Fax: 317-921-4019

Website

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Open on:

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.

Public Tours: 1:00 p.m. daily

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Cost:

Adults: $8

Senior citizens 65 and over: $7

Full-time students with ID: $5

Children 4 and under: free

Members: Free

IUPUI: Free

Contact:

500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 636-WEST (9378)

Website

Indiana State Museum

Open on:

Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Costs:

Museum

Adult $7

Senior $6.50

Child $4 (Child – ages 3–12)

Contact:

The Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.232.1637

Website

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Hours

Museum and Lilly House

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

Thursday and Friday 11 am to 9 pm

Sunday noon to 5 pm

Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Gardens and grounds

Open daily from dawn to dusk

Free General Admission

Museum and Lilly House

General admission to the Museum and Lilly House is FREE. Admission may be charged for selected exhibitions in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery.

FREE Wi-Fi hotspots!

Gardens and grounds

Admission to the gardens and grounds is FREE. Pets welcome.

Contact:

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
General switchboard 317-923-1331

Website

The President Benjamin Harrison Home

Hours:

The museum is open from January 19 through December 30, 2009.
Tours begin on the hour and half-hour. The last tour begins at 3:30pm. All tours are guided.

Monday through Saturday from 10am to 3:30pm
(Tours on the hour and half-hour.)

Sundays in June and July from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
(Tours on the hour and half-hour.)

Admission:

Children ages 4 and under: FREE

Students ages 5 to 17: $3.00

Adults ages 18 to 64: $8.00

Seniors ages 65 and older: $6.00

AAA Discounts are available: $7.00 Adults, $6.00 Seniors, Students $3.00

Contact:

1230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 631-1888

Website

What’s your favorite Indianapolis Museum?

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.