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Museums in Indianapolis

Museums in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the state capital and largest city of the state of Indiana. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to approximately 2000 BC. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana’s state government. Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail later solidified the city’s position as a manufacturing and transportation hub.

The city’s community has supported several cultural assets, including the world’s largest children’s museum, one of the nation’s largest privately funded zoos, historic buildings and sites, and public art. The city is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the U.S., outside of Washington, D.C.

Two museums commemorate armed forces or conflict, including the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and Indiana World War Memorial Military Museum at the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza.

Museums in Indianapolis

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
  • Indiana Medical History Museum
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
  • Conner Prairie


  • City:                           Indianapolis
  • Country:                     United States
  • State:                         Indiana
  • Founded:                  1821
  • Incorporated:            1832
  • Demonym:                Indianapolitan
  • Population:               2 million – Metro

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