Indianapolis Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1883, it is one of the nation’s largest civic art museums. The museum recently debuted a striking $220 million 194,000-square-foot expansion. It features a distinguished African art collection of 1,400 objects – most notably its masks and headdresses. Possessing some 50,000 permanent works of art, several pavilions now offer more collections, exhibitions of African, American, Native American, Asian, European and South Pacific art in every media imaginable. The Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens is an elegant 26-acre estate and 22-room historic mansion that is now a part of the museum and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the property was once the 1930’s home of J.K. Lilly Jr., the late Indianapolis businessman, collector and philanthropist. The Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse and the new Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park Art Museum was awarded the National Medal, America’s highest honor for museums for adding a 100-acre sculpture park. Listen to jazz during the summer, dine at two fine restaurants. Menus are designed by Wolfgang Puck.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 11a-5p, Thu-Fri 11a-9p, Sat 11a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 1200 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
DESCRIPTION: One of only two museums east of the Mississippi that showcase both Native American and Western art, culture and history. Named after the museum’s founder, Harrison Eiteljorg, the collection of traditional and contemporary works of art here including sculpture, paintings, drawings and numerous other objects are considered by some to be one of the best Native American and Western art collections in the world. The combination of Native American art and artifacts encompassing apparel, beadwork, wood carvings, pottery and basketry; hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, cultural demonstrations. Workshops painstakingly preserved rare objects, historical photos, interactive displays and audiovisual technology, plus a wide variety of special exhibitions make a visit here a truly unique cultural experience. For a true “taste” of the west, you can dine at the museum’s Sky City Café restaurant serving Western and Native American inspired cuisine in a casual atmosphere; wheelchair accessible.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon–Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADMISSION: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Age 5-17 $7
ADDRESS: 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
Indiana Repertory Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Indiana’s largest equity theatre, features a number of classic American plays performance on repertory basis. Opened in 1972, IRT has grown into a leading regional theatre and remains the only fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state. Since 1980, the IRT has occupied the fully restored 1927 Indiana Theatre which has an ornate terra cotta exterior and 3 performance spaces.
ADDRESS: 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: Ticket Office 317-635-5252
Rhythm Discovery Theatre
DESCRIPTION: This theatre interprets the role of rhythm and percussion in music and culture through dynamic educational experiences, interactive exhibits and participatory opportunities illustrate rhythm, its role in society, and its connections to daily life.
ADMISSION: Adult $8, Senior $7, Student with valid ID $5
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: Ticket Office 317-275-9030
Hilbert Circle Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1916 as one of the nation’s first grand movie palaces. Like other grand move palaces nationwide, it went through a period of great decline and demolition. Then, through the efforts of the Indiana Symphony Society, it reopened in 1984 as the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and more recently, the Symphonic Pops Consortium; it was generously endowed by Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert in 1996 and renamed the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The intimate size at 1,781 seats, tuned acoustics and customized stage area suited to an 87-member ensemble make this a memoriable venue for concerts.
BOX OFFICE: Monday-Friday 9a-5p, Saturday 12p-4p & two hours prior to every performance
ADDRESS: 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN MAP
PHONE: Box Office at 317-639-4300
Indianapolis Art Center ArtsPark
DESCRIPTION: A magical composition of art and nature, this 12-acre site designed by renowned architect and Indy native son Michael Graves opened in 2006 and operates in conjunction with the Indianapolis Art Center Marilyn K. Glick School of Art.
ADDRESS: 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN MAP