THINGS EVERY HISTORY BUFF SHOULD DO IN INDY

You value the story behind a destination - the people and events that made things how they are today. You’ve got a talent for research with an encyclopedic knowledge of dates, facts and important events.

You’re likely to be found exploring museums, archives and libraries to satisfy your begging curiosity. You’re a history buff who looks at the past as a mystery waiting to be uncovered.

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Conner Prairie
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Conner Prairie

A Smithsonian-affiliate making history

  • Span 200 years of American history at Conner Prairie, including real stories of Indians and fur traders, pioneer town life and Civil War skirmishes.
  • Live through the nightmarish raid of Civil War Confederate soldiers as they attacked Dupont, a southern Indiana town.
Bottleworks District
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Bottleworks District

Art Deco Restoration

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Indiana Historical Society
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Indiana Historical Society

Showcasing History in New Ways

  • The Indiana Experience allows visitors to step into historic photos to reenact history.
  • Pull up a stool at the cabaret and immerse yourself in the music in the Cole Porter Room.
  • Learn about conservation in the W. Brook and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab.
Indianapolis City Market
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Indianapolis City Market

Historic Marketplace

  • First opened in 1886, the Indianapolis City Market is the city’s original foodie’s haven.
  • Today, the stand holders serve up a world of dishes, from Middle Eastern to Greek, Mexican, and Indian.
  • Don’t miss a tour of the Market’s historic (and a bit creepy) Romanesque underground catacombs. 
Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum

Get Back to Nature

  • Indiana's biodiversity is alive and thriving - learn all about it at State of Nature: Picturing Indiana's Biodiversity.
  • Get to know Indiana as our feathered friends do, and build birds nests with textured objects.
  • Check out works of art by Indiana artists as you combine the beauty of nature with the beauty of visual art.
Monuments & Memorials
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Monuments & Memorials

Honoring Indiana's Military

No other city in the United States maintains as many acres dedicated to honoring veterans and only Washington D.C. has more monuments dedicated to those who served in military conflicts.

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Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
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Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Inside the Life of a U.S. President

  • Harrison was our 23rd president and his home tells of his life in Indy.
  • Hear back stories about Harrison, both funny and poignant, that bring appreciation to a president who is not among our country's most famous.
Madame Walker Legacy Center
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Madame Walker Legacy Center

First U.S. Self-Made Female Millionaire

  • Madam C.J. Walker was an African-American entrepreneur who built a haircare empire.
  • The restored theater is last of the iconic buildings which once lined Indiana Avenue, a historic black neighborhood, and maintains much of its 1927 architecture.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

History Disguised as Fun

  • Turn your watch back 65 million years and be on the lookout for tyrannosaurs, triceratops, and Maiasauras roaming at Dinosphere.
  • Make friends with mummies, pirates, and terra cotta warriors at the Treasures of the Earth exhibition.
The Rathskeller
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The Rathskeller

Taste Bavarian Flavors

  • From Jäegerschnitzel to Filet Mignon, the award-winning menu features authentic German cuisine.
  • Enjoy German beers in the Kellerbar or enjoy Indy's grandest biergarten and soak in live music.
  • The Anthenaeum/Das Deutsche Haus was built as a “house of culture” for the mind and body.
Center for Black Literature & Culture
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Center for Black Literature & Culture

Indianapolis Central Library

  • Interactive displays, books, and images highlighting African American heroes who changed the world.
  • Free and open to the public at the Indianapolis Central Library.
 
Omni Severin Hotel
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Omni Severin Hotel

A Century of Service and Style

  • Indy's longest-standing Four Diamond property first opened in 1913.
  • Located along lively Illinois and Georgia Streets, the hub of downtown’s historic Wholesale District.

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Indy Eats
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Indy Eats

Restaurants ready to serve you

  • Use quick links to order online.
  • Find establishments with outdoor seating.
  • Sort by area of town.

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