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
Experience Bottleworks Hotel
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Experience Bottleworks Hotel

Boutique Hotel Within the Historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Visit Indianapolis in luxurious comfort and travel beyond your expectations.

  • 140-key boutique hotel, occupying top two floors of the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Works.
  • Experience a glamorous aesthetic that weaves historic architectural features with modern hotel amenities.
  • The unbeatable location also puts you steps away from the city's most popular attractions and restaurants.
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Indiana Historical Society
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Indiana Historical Society

Showcasing History in New Ways

Explore You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women, and meet the woman who built a beauty empire in Indianapolis.

Indy Eats
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Indy Eats

Restaurants ready to serve you in Indianapolis:

  • In response to COVID volatility, we've curated a list of restaurants ready to serve you.

  • Use quick links to order online.

  • Find establishments with heated outdoor seating and sort by area of town.

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Get Back to Nature
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Get Back to Nature

Indiana State Museum

  • 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 the State Museum's collection of textured objects
  • Check out works of art by Indiana artists as you combine the beauty of nature with the beauty of visual art 
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 
Monuments & Memorials
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Monuments & Memorials

Aside from Washington, D.C., Indy is home to more monuments and memorials than any other city in the U.S., and that’s because the designer protégé (Ralston) of the architect who platted Washington, D.C. (L’Enfant) came to Indianapolis to plat the Circle City.

MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS GUIDE

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 Theatre
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Madame Walker Theatre

The Legacy of America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire

  • Madam CJ Walker’s story is inspiring, an African-American woman who fought the odds to develop a successful business
  • Take a building tour and also discover the history of Indiana Avenue, the center of the Black experience in Indy
  • Check out Jazz on the Avenue concerts and other programs
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 Egyptian mummies, Chinese warriors, and swashbuckling pirates at the Treasures of the Earth exhibition
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

  • It’s a landmark property first opened in 1913 that is complete with all the amenities expected in a top hotel today
  • The hotel is Indy's longest-standing Four Diamond property
  • Located along lively Illinois and Georgia Streets, the hub of downtown’s historic Wholesale District

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