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Indiana State Museum

Located along the scenic Central Canal, the Indiana State Museum shares the rich history of the state.

History Buffs

Things Every History Buff Should Do In Indy

There is a story behind every destination - the people and events that made things how they are today. You are a history buff who has a talent for research with an encyclopedic knowledge of dates, facts and important events. Exploring museums, archives and libraries satisfy your begging curiosity. Visit Indy and explore the past as a mystery waiting to be uncovered.

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.

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.
  • Browse an incredible collection of rare printed materials thanks to The Remnant Trust.

Art Deco Restoration

  • 140-key boutique hotel weaves historic architectural features with modern amenities and occupies top two floors of the former Coca-Cola Bottling Works.
  • Bottleworks District includes a The Garage Food Hall, Living Room Movie Theatre, Woodhouse Day Spa, and more.
  • Late night spots include Pins Mechanical Co. for bowling, games, and entertainment, and Sundry & Vice cocktail lounge.

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. 

Meet The Fastest Cyclist In The World

  • Get to know an Indy icon, Marshall "Major" Taylor, the world's first Black sports-superstar.
  • See artifacts from Major Taylor's cycling career from the 1890s.
  • Learn about bicycle safety and design, tinker with bikes and bike parts, and test your skills on stationary bikes. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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An Indianapolis Icon

  • The legacy of Indy icon Marshall "Major" Taylor, the world's first Black sports superstar, is celebrated across the Circle City.

  • His story is told through interactive museums, public art pieces, special events, and places and spaces that celebrate cycling in Indy. With the newest expansion of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, there's never been a better time to explore Major Taylor's legacy in the city. 

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