January 19 to January 29
Come see 200 unique, interesting and important objects that shaped Indiana. As we celebrate the state’s 200th birthday, this is a chance to explore Indiana’s past and present, while being inspired to think about its future. From the formation of the landscape itself to the most newsworthy moments in our history, each of these objects holds its own, fascinating place in Indiana’s story.
In addition to nearly 140 artifacts from the Indiana State Museum collection, contributions from institutions, museums, libraries, corporations and private collections from throughout the nation will be utilized to tell Indiana’s story. The US National Archives, NASA, Indiana Historical Society, Rolls-Royce, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Cummins Inc., Cranbrook Institute, Butler University, Indiana University, Notre Dame and Purdue University are among the 40 partners on this project.
A tiny sample of the artifacts to be exhibited includes a fully mounted mastodon skeleton, Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 fire suit, a leather jacket Elton John gave to Ryan White, a Duesenberg automobile, Reverend Theodore Hesburgh’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, Amelia Earhart’s flight jacket, Johnny Appleseed’s drinking flask, Indiana’s electric chair, a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln and a military drone built by Rolls Royce.
200 Objects is organized into nine themes addressing some aspect of Hoosier life from statehood to globalization, local to universal and inspirational to cautionary.
This program is supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. The exhibition is included with museum admission.