Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 - United States





Take a journey through Indiana's history, from the age of mastodons and mammoths to 21st-century science, art and culture. Families can enjoy hands-on science in our Naturalist's Lab, wind their way through cave replicas in "Frozen Reign," learn real stories about historic Hoosiers in our cultural galleries, and more. The Indiana State Museum is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, a statewide museum system with 12 locations.


The museum features two floors of permanent experiences and one floor of changing galleries. In our permanent galleries, see Ice Age giants, learn about Indiana's First Nations, explore artifacts from Hoosier pop icons and more.

On our third floor, join the discussion about a crisis impacting families and communities throughout the United States in "FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis," and explore the science and biology behind opioid use disorder. Then, discover personal stories from people affected and find hope in learning that recovery is possible as we all work together toward finding solutions.

Also on Level 3, explore Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions and celebrate his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills in "Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention!, and explore artworks born from the long history of women fighting for their rights in "Cause and AEffect."

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