The best museums in Indianapolis in September 2023

These are the top 10 best museums in Indianapolis, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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  1. Indiana State Museum1

    Indiana State Museum

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Indiana State Museum, situated in downtown Indianapolis, offers a comprehensive look into the science, art, culture, and history of Indiana. From prehistoric times to the present day, the museum's exhibits provide a rich and diverse exploration of the state's past and present. Visitors can immerse themselves in a variety of topics, gaining a deeper understanding of Indiana's unique heritage.
  2. Indiana War Memorial Military Museum2

    Indiana War Memorial Military Museum

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is a significant architectural ensemble located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It was constructed to honor the memory of the veterans of World War I. This memorial plaza is a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of those who served during this global conflict, and it stands as a symbol of the state's deep respect for its veterans.
  3. Ncaa Hall of Champions3

    Ncaa Hall of Champions

    Indianapolis, IN
    The NCAA Hall of Champions is a museum , exhibition center, and conference center that is located adjacent to the national office of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The building was designed by architect Michael G
  4. Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site4

    Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, once known as the Benjamin Harrison Home, is a significant historical location in Indianapolis, Indiana. This site was the residence of the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. It is situated in the Old Northside Historic District, a region known for its rich history and architectural beauty. Visitors to the site can explore the former home of this notable figure and gain insights into his life and times.
  5. Indianapolis Museum of Art5

    Indianapolis Museum of Art

    Indianapolis, IN
    Since 2017, the Indianapolis Museum of Art has been integrated into the Newfields campus. This campus also includes Fairbanks Park, The Garden botanical garden, and the Oldfields estate. This integration provides visitors with a diverse and enriching cultural experience, combining art, nature, and history in one location.
  6. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis6

    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis holds the distinction of being the largest children's museum in the world. This makes it a unique destination for families and children of all ages. The museum offers a wide range of exhibits and activities that are both educational and entertaining.
  7. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians7

    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This museum is dedicated to showcasing an extensive collection of visual arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as Western American paintings and sculptures.
  8. Indiana Experience8

    Indiana Experience

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Indiana Historical Society ( IHS ) is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana's Storyteller". It is housed in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 West Ohio Street in Indianapolis, Indiana , in The Canal and White R
  9. Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library9

    Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, located at 543 Indiana Avenue, is a cultural hub dedicated to the life and works of the late writer, artist, and Indianapolis native, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The museum opened its doors in 2011 and moved to its current location in 2019. It serves as a cultural and educational resource facility, museum, art gallery, and reading room, celebrating Vonnegut's literary, artistic, and cultural contributions.
  10. Indianapolis Zoo10

    Indianapolis Zoo

    Indianapolis, IN
    The Indianapolis Zoo, located in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a unique combination of a zoo and a botanical garden. This non-profit organization is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo is situated by the White River, providing a scenic backdrop for visitors.

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