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A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences makes Indy a must-visit destination. You didn’t hear it from us though, as Travel & Leisure named Indy one of “America’s Favorite Places,” Food & Wine put us on their list of “32 places to Go (And Eat) in 2019,” and Condé Nast Traveler called Indy one of “America’s Best Big Cities.”
Shining a Light on Indianapolis
Beginning over Veterans Day weekend, Indy will debut a nightly salute running at dusk on Monument Circle, the epicenter of our city. The 10-minute show will consist of video mapping and projection, lights, and music paying tribute to our veterans. An original score was commissioned for this piece and done by John Colby, who is best known for curating the theme music for ESPN’s SportsCenter.
50th Anniversary of the Indiana Medical History Museum
The Indiana Medical History Museum is located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital and serves as the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation. The hospital was in operation for nearly 150 years, and at its height in the 1950s, housed more than 2,500 patients. Today, visitors can explore the laboratories, the library, the autopsy room, and the anatomical museum, which houses preserved specimens – mostly brains.
50th Anniversary of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five
Indy’s own Kurt Vonnegut passed away in 2007 but his legacy lives on through the Kurt Vonnegut Museum + Library here in the city. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publishing of one of Vonnegut’s most well-known novels, Slaughterhouse Five. The museum will reopen in its new space this fall with a new Slaughterhouse Five exhibit.
Other ways to pay homage to Vonnegut: check out his mural on Mass Ave, take in his grandfather’s architecture at the Athenaeum, or dine at one of the best restaurants in town, Bluebeard.
Indy’s African-American History
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Indy’s own Madam CJ Walker. Madam Walker, the first self-made African American female millionaire, made her millions in the hair product industry back in the late 1800s. Madam CJ Walker takes the spotlight this fall as the Madam Walker movie by Lebron James and starring Octavia Spencer is slated to hit Netflix. The Indiana Historical Society will open an exhibit featuring Madam Walker later this year, and in early 2020, the 91-year-old Madam Walker Theatre will have its grand reopening.
Exciting change is coming to the north end of Mass Ave. Bottleworks’ $300-million redevelopment of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant will be home to 11 acres of entertainment, restaurants, residences, an independent movie theatre, a food hall, and the Bottleworks Hotel. The 146-room boutique hotel, which is set to open in August of 2020, will occupy the top two floors of the historic administration building and will also operate a restaurant and bar.
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