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Indianapolis Museums Tour (Self Guided), Indianapolis

Indianapolis’ variety of museums and galleries appeals to those interested in the city’s history and architecture. Following this tour you can see its most popular museums, libraries and houses, and discover the historical, cultural and social life of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Indianapolis Museums Tour
Guide Location: USA » Indianapolis (See other walking tours in Indianapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Crispus Attucks Museum
  • Benjamin Harrison Home
  • Morris-Butler House Museum
  • James Whitcomb Riley Museum
Indiana Historical Society

1) Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana's Storyteller". It is the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains. Since 1830, the Society has been Indiana's Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the state's history.

A private, nonprofitmembership organization, the IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming, including Indiana's participation in the National History Day Competition series. It also appoints and trains 92 county historians.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

2) Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (must see)

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is located in downtown Indianapolis and houses an extensive collection of Native American art, as well as Western American paintings and sculptures collected by businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg (1903–1997). The museum houses one of the finest collections of Native contemporary art in the World. The museum is currently part of Indianapolis's White River State Park. In June 2005 the museum opened an extensive expansion that doubled the public space of the museum by adding three new galleries, the Sky City Cafe, an education center, outdoor gardens, and event space. The new galleries include two galleries dedicated to the museum extensive contemporary art collection.

Operation hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Indiana State Museum

3) Indiana State Museum (must see)

The Indiana State Museum is a museum located within White River State Park in Indianapolis. The museum houses exhibits on the science, art, culture, and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum is also the site of the state's largest IMAX theater.

The museum was started in 1862 by then-state librarian R. Deloss Brown as a natural history collection. For many years, the museum was located in various rooms in the state Capitol building in Indianapolis. It was moved into its first permanent home in the old Indianapolis City Hall building at 202 N. Alabama Street in 1967. The Indiana State Museum Society was established in 1969 as a private fund-raising support organization. The museum moved to its current location on May 22, 2002. With more than 40,000 square feet (4,000 square meters) of exhibit space, and over 300,000 artifacts in collections, the museum covers the history of the natural world, Native Americans, cultural history, and the future of Indiana.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Crispus Attucks Museum

4) Crispus Attucks Museum

Named after Crispus Attucks, the famous martyr of the American Revolution, since 1927 this museum has exhibited memorabilia, pictures, sports trophies, documents and many other items in its four galleries, highlighting the history of IPS Crispus Attucks High School and the contribution of African Americans to the city’s growth.
Benjamin Harrison Home

5) Benjamin Harrison Home (must see)

The Benjamin Harrison Home was the residence of the 23rd U.S. President and his family. Constructed in the 1870s on the north side of the city, this two-story Italianate house is considered an architectural treasure. Inside you will see ten rooms, including a ball room on the third floor with original Victorian furnishings and over 3,000 pieces of memorabilia belonging to the Harrison family.
Morris-Butler House Museum

6) Morris-Butler House Museum

The Morris-Butler House is a Second Empire-style house built in 1864-65 in Indianapolis. It is part of Old Northside Historic District of Indianapolis. It is preserved as a museum home by Indiana Landmarks. The house contains many original features and pieces of furniture in Victorian & Post-Victorian styles. John Morris, the son of an Indianapolis settler, had the house built by architect D.A. Bohlen in 1864.

The house is located in what was then a suburb of Indianapolis, an area now known as the Old Northside. The makeup of the neighborhood at that point was quite different from before, with most of the homes being occupied by low-income renters and many homes suffering from neglect. The house was used as an artists' studio, gallery, and apartments between 1957 and 1964.
Sight description based on wikipedia
James Whitcomb Riley Museum

7) James Whitcomb Riley Museum

The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is a historic building in the Lockerbie Square Historic District of Indianapolis. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. An Indianapolis baker, John R. Nickum, had the building built in 1872. Nickum had the money to build the house as he had supplied the Union Army in Indianapolis with hardtack, a form of cracker despised by soldiers, during the Civil War.

Nickum's daughter, Magdalena, and her husband Charles Holstein, a lawyer, would possess it when, in 1893, they invited noted poet James Whitcomb Riley to live with them. Riley had a bedroom on the second floor in this building for 23 years, helping the Holsteins with expenses. The structure is a two-story brick house on a stone foundation and full basement that is considered an excellent example of Italianate architecture typical of the neighborhood's homes built in the 1860s and 1870s.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Indianapolis, Indiana

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Create Your Own Walk in Indianapolis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Indianapolis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
White River State Park Tour

White River State Park Tour

White River State Park, spread across 250 acres, houses the Indianapolis Zoo and and White River Gardens, theater and concert venues, museums, bridges, abundant green spaces, waterways and many other amazing attractions. Follow this tour to discover Indianapolis’ White River State Park.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Fountain Square Tour

Fountain Square Tour

The Fountain Square district is a more than century-old mercantile and cultural center. It is famous for its fine art galleries, significant antique trading, unique restaurants, live entertainment and multiple retailers. Remarkable constructions such as the Town Square Fountain, churches, Fountain Square Theatre Building and other landmarks can be found here. Take the following tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Indianapolis Introduction Walk

Indianapolis Introduction Walk

Indianapolis’ rich history is reflected in its multiple landmarks. Monument Circle, a traffic circle in the center of Indianapolis, contains the famous Soldiers & Sailors Monument, and a concentration of the city’s tallest buildings surrounding it. Take the following tour to discover Indianapolis’ best landmarks.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour

Indianapolis contains an extensive variety of churches which have influenced the social geography of the city. The following tour will guide visitors to the city’s oldest and most significant religious architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 Km or 4.5 Miles
Architecture Tour

Architecture Tour

Indianapolis contains many unique constructions throughout the city that gives it an inimitable identity. Some of its best buildings are located along the diagonal avenues coming from Mile Square, according to the city plan of Alexander Ralston in 1821. Many of them are registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore Indianapolis’ architectural treasures in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles