1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Guest services: 317.631.1888
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site showcases the home of America’s 23rd president who served our nation from 1889-1893. This beautiful Italianate Victorian home built in 1875 resides in Indy’s historic Old Northside neighborhood. Docent-led tours tell the story of the family and the times. Amazingly, more than 75% of the home’s artifacts are originals including paintings, furniture, and political memorabilia. Special exhibits are presented annually on the third level of the home and have featured topics such as historic fashion to presidential pets. Each first Friday of the month, have coffee with the curator and discover unexpected items in the collection. The site’s reconstructed carriage house now serves as the Welcome Center and is the beginning point of public tours. Reserving specific tour time in advance is recommended.
Experience the history and current happenings in the chambers and corridors of the 1888 Indiana Statehouse, a grand Neo-Classical Revival building. You may see the legislature in action, view oral arguments in the Supreme Court, or see the Governor and other officials go about their work. Learn how state government functions while walking through spacious atriums and the dome-crowned rotunda. All visitors are welcome to join the publically posted complimentary guided tours. Tours (15-minute or 30-45 minute versions) are experiential, and they move throughout this large building. Guides describe the building’s construction, architecture, and historical events while reminding us of the important legislative functions of our democracy. Self-guided tours are another option – stop by the tour desk for a brochure to direct your experience.
55 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Guest services: 317.233.0528 (tour manager)
Built to honor Hoosier veterans of World War I, the 210-foot Indiana War Memorial (IWM) is a key feature of the IWM Plaza Historic District located just north of Monument Circle. On the lower level of the memorial building guests discover an intriguing museum describing conflicts from the Revolutionary War to modern times and the Hoosier veterans who served in them. Within the museum is the USS Indianapolis gallery and a fully functioning recreation of the WWII ship’s radio room. The story of the ship, its cargo, and fate are a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served in the armed forces. On the upper level of the memorial is the awe-inspiring Shrine Room, considered a “must-see” when visiting Indianapolis. The Pershing Auditorium on the main floor is a popular theater space used for many events.
The Indianapolis City Market has been a part of Indianapolis since 1821 and its current building, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, opened in 1886. Located in the heart of downtown, the City Market is a bustling hub of 30+ eateries, retailers, service suppliers, and even an Indiana craft beer taproom. People stop by for great lunch items, take-home baked goods, fresh produce, and more. Each Wednesday during the summer season, the City Market holds its farmers’ market showcasing local farm products, vendors, and music. For those looking for local, authentic, and homegrown experiences, the City Market will be at the top of your list.
617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Guest services: 317.236.2099
The inspiring story and legacy of Madam CJ Walker, the nation’s first self-made female millionaire, is told at this historic venue which first served as the headquarters of Walker’s African-American hair care and beauty products business. This amazing woman’s story is one of will, perseverance, and superb business acumen. An advocate for social justice and reform, Madam Walker was also well known for her generous philanthropy. The Walker Center opened in 1927 and throughout the years has provided programming, lectures, concerts, and performances inside its historic theater. A major building renovation is now underway, and the center is closed until the fall of 2019. The Walker invites you to visit then when new experiences will be revealed that showcase the astounding life and times of Madam CJ Walker.
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