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School's IN at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/09/22
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Indiana State Museum Promo
Indiana State Museum Promo
Published: 2009/01/19
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HAPPY ISMHS
HAPPY ISMHS
Published: 2014/04/17
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Indiana State Museum, Downtown Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum, Downtown Indianapolis
Published: 2011/01/18
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INVision with the Indiana State Museum
INVision with the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2016/10/31
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Native American Artifacts at the Indiana State Museum
Native American Artifacts at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: WFYIOnline
Indiana State Museum Dance-off - "Clap Your Hands"
Indiana State Museum Dance-off - "Clap Your Hands"
Published: 2015/04/09
Channel: IndianaStateMuseum
The Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum
Published: 2009/10/05
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Indiana state museum/military park
Indiana state museum/military park
Published: 2017/05/28
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Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/04/10
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Indiana State Museum Wedding Sneak Peek
Indiana State Museum Wedding Sneak Peek
Published: 2015/10/25
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Indiana state museum
Indiana state museum
Published: 2016/07/24
Channel: Richard Griffin
The Best of Indiana State Museum
The Best of Indiana State Museum
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Karyn Locke
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site - Indiana State Museum
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site - Indiana State Museum
Published: 2009/07/16
Channel: IndianaStateMuseum
Indiana State Museum "Levi Coffin"
Indiana State Museum "Levi Coffin"
Published: 2013/12/17
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Indiana State Museum showing IMAX viewings of
Indiana State Museum showing IMAX viewings of 'The Force Awakens'
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Celebration Crossing At The Indiana State Museum
Celebration Crossing At The Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: Visit Indy
2016 Pinewood Derby at the Indiana State Museum
2016 Pinewood Derby at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2016/04/12
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Indianapolis: Indiana State Museum and Downtown Canal
Indianapolis: Indiana State Museum and Downtown Canal
Published: 2016/06/23
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Indiana State Museum Skate Park
Indiana State Museum Skate Park
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: Visit Indy
Indiana State Museum eyes Guinness World Record
Indiana State Museum eyes Guinness World Record
Published: 2015/06/12
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IMAX / Indiana State Museum Field Trip
IMAX / Indiana State Museum Field Trip
Published: 2008/10/15
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Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum
Published: 2006/06/17
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Design Zone at the Indiana State Museum
Design Zone at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2016/11/09
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Retro arcade pops up at Indiana State Museum
Retro arcade pops up at Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/12/05
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Sydney + Jacob Wedding Highlight Video - Indiana State Museum
Sydney + Jacob Wedding Highlight Video - Indiana State Museum
Published: 2015/11/25
Channel: Cress Videography
Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: Don Calarco
The Plump Legacy - Indiana State Museum
The Plump Legacy - Indiana State Museum
Published: 2008/05/09
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Tyler + Trista | Indiana State Museum Wedding | Downtown Indianapolis
Tyler + Trista | Indiana State Museum Wedding | Downtown Indianapolis
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: Time Walk Wedding Video
Indiana State Museum Canal Nights kicks off in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday
Indiana State Museum Canal Nights kicks off in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Indiana State Museum Has Something For Everyone
Indiana State Museum Has Something For Everyone
Published: 2013/01/05
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Indiana state museum
Indiana state museum
Published: 2015/04/10
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Indiana State Museum To Celebrate History With "200 Objects"
Indiana State Museum To Celebrate History With "200 Objects"
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: WTIU
Indiana State Museum Wedding Highlight: Abby + Ben | 7.1.17 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana State Museum Wedding Highlight: Abby + Ben | 7.1.17 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Massive Multimedia
Indiana State Museum Cave Dig
Indiana State Museum Cave Dig
Published: 2010/10/19
Channel: Neal Moore
Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum
Published: 2017/01/01
Channel: Shepherd Forest
Giant Pinewood Derby Track at the Indiana State Museum | Everyone can race!
Giant Pinewood Derby Track at the Indiana State Museum | Everyone can race!
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Indy with Kids
You can help the Indiana State Museum win a dance off contest
You can help the Indiana State Museum win a dance off contest
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Indiana in 200 Objects at the Indiana State Museum
Indiana in 200 Objects at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: Rocky Walls
TIV at Indiana state museum
TIV at Indiana state museum
Published: 2012/03/11
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Foucalt pendulum at Indiana State Museum
Foucalt pendulum at Indiana State Museum
Published: 2012/10/23
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Asian Fest at the Indiana State Museum
Asian Fest at the Indiana State Museum
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Zackary Prince
Mandolin at Indiana State Museum
Mandolin at Indiana State Museum
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Ellie Brill
2006 Arbor Day Part 2 - Indiana State Museum / Indy Parks
2006 Arbor Day Part 2 - Indiana State Museum / Indy Parks
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Dave Fox
Ashley+Andrew Indiana State Museum SD 2
Ashley+Andrew Indiana State Museum SD 2
Published: 2015/12/24
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Indiana State Museum exhibit delves into science of skateboarding
Indiana State Museum exhibit delves into science of skateboarding
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: WTHR
2012 International Yarn Bombing Day - Indiana State Museum
2012 International Yarn Bombing Day - Indiana State Museum
Published: 2012/06/10
Channel: BusyBoneyHands
Indiana State Museum Race
Indiana State Museum Race
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Mood Swings
Indiana State Museum Cave Dig 2010
Indiana State Museum Cave Dig 2010
Published: 2010/08/20
Channel: mediakath
Amy the Face of MyINDY-TV visits the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibit American Spirits
Amy the Face of MyINDY-TV visits the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibit American Spirits
Published: 2014/09/24
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Indiana State Museum
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Front facade of the Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum is located in Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum
Location within Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum is located in Indiana
Indiana State Museum
Location within Indianapolis
Indiana State Museum is located in the US
Indiana State Museum
Location within Indianapolis
Established 1869
Location 650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°46′7″N 86°10′9″W / 39.76861°N 86.16917°W / 39.76861; -86.16917Coordinates: 39°46′7″N 86°10′9″W / 39.76861°N 86.16917°W / 39.76861; -86.16917
Collection size 542,000
President Thomas King
Owner State of Indiana
Public transit access Amtrak Indianapolis Union Station : 1 mile
Website Official website

The Indiana State Museum is a museum located within White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The museum houses exhibits on the science, art, culture, and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to the present day. The museum is also the site of the state's largest IMAX screen.

History[edit]

The original collection of the Indiana State Museum was started in 1862, during the Civil War, when State Librarian R. Deloss Brown began collecting minerals and other curiosities that he kept in a cabinet. In 1869, the Indiana General Assembly enacted a law which provided “for the collection and preservation of a Geological and Mineralogical Cabinet of the Natural History of this State.” A state geologist was assigned the task of labeling and organizing the collection, becoming the first employee of what would eventually become the Indiana State Museum.

The natural history collection quickly developed beyond the legislature’s original intent when hundreds of cultural items, many relating to the recent Civil War, were added. Soon the collection was a museum of sorts, with a hodge-podge of curios and specimens.

The museum’s collection was displayed in a spacious room on the third floor of the State Capitol building in 1888, but it did not remain there for long. It was frequently moved from room to room until 1919, when the collection was sent to a most inhospitable place, the basement of the Statehouse. It would languish in this location for almost 45 years, completely closing once in the late 1920s and again in the early 1960s.

During the administration of Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-1949), steps were taken to establish a new and modern state museum. Staff members who knew how to care for artifacts and operate a museum were hired. Possible sites for a new facility were studied and designs created. "Philanthropist Eli Lilly, excited by the prospect of a professional-quality museum of Indiana heritage, donated the ground on the northwest corner of Ohio and Senate streets to the state. Unfortunately, the plans fell through, probably due to the $3.5 million price tag"(http://www.indianamuseum.org/about).

Later, the administration of Governor Harold W. Handley (1957-1961) and the legislature authorized a commission to examine the state museum. The commission recommended the construction of a building on the site originally proposed by the Gates administration. The commission reported that its members had “been forced to the reluctant conclusion that Indiana has the poorest and most inadequate state museum in the United States.”

In 1962 Governor Matthew E. Welsh (1961-1965) approved the resumption of the planning for a new state museum, but with a very different direction. The Indianapolis City Hall at 202 N. Alabama St. had become available in 1961 due to city government offices moving to the new Indianapolis City–County Building. The state and the city worked out an agreement for the museum to use the old building. The structure underwent extensive renovations to prepare it for life as a museum, at a cost of about $830,000. In 1967, the Indiana State Museum opened its doors in its first real home. It had four floors and a basement in which to develop exhibits, store and preserve collections, and provide office space for staff.

In 1969, the Indiana State Museum Society (now the Indiana State Museum Foundation) was established to provide a private, fund-raising support organization. Also in 1969, the Indiana State Museum Volunteer Organization was established to assist the small museum staff. By 1976, the museum had received accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

As years passed and the collection grew, the old City Hall became too small to meet the needs of the institution. Proposals were made in the late 1970s and mid-1980s for a variety of additions to the facility. Some involved purchasing nearby buildings, and others involved creating brand-new facilities that would connect to the old City Hall building.

The museum’s board voted to move to White River State Park in 1984. However, it was not until the late 1990s that the Indiana General Assembly appropriated funds that led to the August 1999 groundbreaking of the current Indiana State Museum.

The Indiana State Museum closed its doors in the old City Hall on Dec. 31, 2001, in order to move to its new home at 650 W. Washington Street, opening there on May 22, 2002. The new building on the Indiana Central Canal in White River State Park cost about $105 million.[1]

Galleries[edit]

With more than 40,000 square feet (4,000 m2) of exhibit space, and over 452,000 artifacts in collections, the museum covers the history of the natural world, Native Americans, cultural history, and the future of Indiana.

Gov. Frank O'Bannon Great Hall[edit]

First floor[edit]

  • Birth of the Earth
  • The Ancient Seas
  • R.B. Annis Naturalist's Lab
  • Age of Ice
  • Native American

Second floor[edit]

  • Nineteenth State
  • The Hoosier Way
  • Crossroads of Indiana
  • Enterprise Indiana
  • Global Indiana
  • Heritage Corner
  • American Originals

Third floor[edit]

  • Rapp Reception Hall
  • The Ford Gallery
  • NiSource, Inc. Gallery of Indiana Art including the Richmond Group and Hoosier Group painters
  • Changing Exhibits Gallery
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery

92 County Walk[edit]

"The 92 County Walk is an art experience that spotlights Indiana’s 92 counties by featuring an original sculpture for each. The sculptures are incorporated into the building’s façade, sidewalks and even a stair rail. The collection of sculptures showcases the craftsmanship of Indiana artisans."[1]

State historic sites[edit]

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide institution, with 11 historic sites spanning the state. The historic sites range from Angel Mounds in the far south, an archaeological site with surviving major earthwork mounds built by the Mississippian culture about 1000 CE; to author Gene Stratton-Porter's two homes in the north and east, where wildlife, native habitat and her early 20th-century prose are featured. Each site and its activities are highlighted on the website at www.indianamuseum.org.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Price, Nelson (2004). Indianapolis Then & Now. San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press. p. 81. ISBN 1-59223-208-6. 

External links[edit]

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