Looking for an engaging experience and a personal encounter with the museum’s galleries? We offer a wide variety of docent-guided tours that are now included in the cost of admission.
New for 2012!
REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists
Tour Available Feb. 1 – Oct. 10, 2012
Enjoy an hour-long tour of the museum’s latest special art exhibition, REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists, which includes work by African-Americans who have lived and worked in Indiana. From William Edouard Scott’s early French easel paintings to current artists who paint, photograph, sculpt and make textile, ceramic or collage artwork.
Indiana State Museum Architecture
Join this tour to see how native materials such as glass, stainless steel and limestone were used to build the Indiana State Museum. Discover the historical significance of these materials, find out why the front of a school is inside the museum and learn the reasoning behind the overall design. The Indiana State Museum doesn’t just house exhibits and collections — it’s an attraction in itself!
New Lands, New Homes
Travel through more than 200 years of migration and immigration into the land we know as Indiana. Take a look at how and why people have come to Indiana to live, what they found when they arrived and the contributions they've made.
More than Arrowheads
Discover what archaeologists have unearthed about Indiana's diverse Native American culture and history. You'll explore ancient cultures and see fascinating artifacts made thousands of years ago.
Get ready to take a safari to explore Indianapolis’ urban environment. Though surrounded by urban development, discover the diversity of wildlife — turtles, beavers, rabbits, raccoons, opossum and more — that call White River State Park and Indianapolis home. Discover how nature has found a way to blossom and live. You may be surprised at what you find.
White River State Park Art Walk
Enjoy the sites of White River State Park while learning about the interesting artistic highlights of the park, including the Indiana State Museum’s 92 County Walk, Herron School of Art sculptures, as well as rotating sculpture pieces within the park.
- Tours are conducted by registration only. At least two weeks registration is required
- Register by calling 317.232.1637
- Length: ½ hour to 1 hour depending on group preference
- Tours are available Monday through Sunday during regular museum hours
- Maximum attendance per tour: 40; Minimum attendance per tour: 10