Historic Sites



Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Indianapolis, users recommend paying a visit to Morris-Butler House, in the Historic District area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.


Crown Hill Cemetery


A stroll through this massive cemetery (the fifth largest in the nation) is like taking a walk through history. Grab a map from the gatehouse and let it guide you to the tombs of some of history's most important figures. Indy poet James Whitcomb...  Read More


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Indiana Statehouse


A recent $10 million renovation restored the somber walls of this building to their former splendor. Before the renovation efforts, the walls were a dull green, a color that had been painted by local inmates. The Indiana General Assembly meets...  Read More




The original Union Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been adapted as a character-laden hotel. As such, it's not necessarily open to touring, but the starting point of the Indianapolis Railroad is worth browsing...  Read More


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World War Memorial


Standing atop a hill for all to see is this inspirational memorial with an inscription that reads, "Vindicate the principles of peace and justice in the world." A variety of war paraphernalia retraces the history of Indiana, and a Shrine Room...  Read More


Murat Theatre at Old National Centre


A visit to this imposing structure, with its exotic turret and detailed tilework, brings you to the largest shrine temple in the world. A one-time Shriners' headquarters, the structure now hosts a variety of performances and important events,...  Read More


James Whitcomb Riley Home


Located in the quaint neighborhood of Lockerbie Square, this popular home was the estate of Indianapolis's own esteemed poet, James Whitcomb Riley. The house was built in the late 19th century and is furnished with antiques indicative of the...  Read More




America's 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, came from a long line of important political figures, and this attractive, three-story home affords a glimpse into his life and that of his family. Many of the Victorian-era furnishings adorning the...  Read More


Indiana Historic National Road


Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the route now known as the Historic National Road was completed in 1834 and proved to be a vital part of Americans' westward movement in the mid-19th century. Having endured massive changes in...  Read More


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Constructed in 1929, this Tudor-Gothic cathedral has often been lauded as one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Highlights include a carillon with 54 bells, an enormous pipe organ, a walnut parquet-floored ballroom, and a...  Read More


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Morris-Butler House


This gem of Victorian architecture lends a touch of dignity and elegance to the Old Northside neighborhood, once a fashionable alternative to downtown Indianapolis. A guided tour of the three-floored structure reveals an elegant parlor,...  Read More


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