Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Art Center


Top quality art exhibits made by artists who are locally and nationally renowned are displayed in this fine arts center. Those who have an interest in art or a particular talent that they aren't sure what to do with are encouraged to take one of...  Read More

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American Legion Mall and Headquarters Museum


Memorabilia from both World Wars and Vietnam are on display in this interesting museum. A wide range of paraphernalia used by the US military is showcased, providing visitors with a glimpse of what many of the brave soldiers had with them on the...  Read More

Freetown Village Living History Museum


Part of the State Museum, Freetown Village is a living history museum that lets visitors get a glimpse of the lives of free African Americans living in 1870, just five years after the end of the Civil War. Costumed actors represent composite...  Read More

Indiana State Museum


Located in White River State Park, this museum brings the past to life with its exhibits on Indiana history, from pre-historic times to present. It also includes displays that explore nature, the arts, science and culture. The facility boasts...  Read More

Children's Museum of Indianapolis


Adults and children of all ages enjoy viewing and participating in the many hands-on exhibits provided by this interesting museum. A life-size learning tree is the setting for reading time, and a real stage is set up for precious puppet shows....  Read More

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Indianapolis Museum of Art


Set amid beautifully landscaped grounds, this fascinating museum treats visitors to a variety of African, Asian and European works and artifacts. Among its holdings are Native American and South Pacific art, decorative items that date to the...  Read More

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art


The exhibits displayed in this museum illustrate various aspects of life in America's Wild West. A number of the works bear the names of such renowned artists as Georgia O'Keeffe and Frederick Remington. Some of the displays highlight artifacts...  Read More

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Indiana Medical History Museum


The historical pathology lab in which this museum resides is one of the oldest in the nation. Its primary purpose was to provide a base for the study of mental illness; as such, surgical tools from the 1800s are on display, as are a doctor's kit...  Read More

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum


Inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, guests find 30,000 square feet filled with race scoring equipment, replica garages, trophies, including the Borg-Warner Trophy, and 75 preserved racecars. Exhibited in chronological...  Read More



The charming, three-story home of America's 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, is now open to the public as a museum. Built brick-by-brick in the 1800s, this historic house displays an astounding collection of original family pieces. Arrive on...  Read More