Indiana Historical Society

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Indiana Historical Society collects and preserves Indiana’s unique stories; brings Hoosiers together in remembering and sharing the past; and inspires a future grounded in our state’s uniting values and principles. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.


Celebrate Smithsonian magazine Museum Day at the Indiana Historical Society, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Visitors can see if they have the chops in our exhibit, You Are There 1927: Gennett Studio and get in the groove about the science of sound! Jam with us and experience activities like making a record player, creating album art, learning how different soundproofing materials work, playing a giant floor piano with your feet and more!

You Are There 1927: Gennett Studio
Visit Gennett Studio and see how this Indiana music company impacted jazz, blues, country and gospel music throughout the country.

Other offerings on Sept. 18 include:

You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women
Drop in on icon and self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker at the factory where she built her empire.

You Are There 1920: Celebrate Indianapolis!
Step back in time and celebrate Indianapolis, 1920s style!

Destination Indiana
A facilitated, interactive opportunity for visitors to “travel through time” using innovative digital technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images and documents, guests can explore and understand the story of Indiana as a place.

Cole Porter Room
Immerse yourself in a space evocative of the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, where Cole Porter lived the last 20 years of his life. The setting features a digital grand player piano and photographs that span Porter’s life, social circle and travels. Guests can also request Porter tunes to be performed for them live by a singer in the space.

W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab
Explore the whys, whats and hows of conservation with the History Lab, which celebrates and de-mystifies this work by walking guests through the process of examining, identifying, treating and properly storing archival items. Guests can also try their hand at paper mending–one of the most common treatments performed in IHS’s state-of-the-art lab.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.