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Arts & Museums
McFee showcases vibrant works by a number of artists in a welcoming space on Mass Ave. Look for traditional pieces like paintings and sculptures right alongside more out-there stuff such as found assemblages. Regardless of the medium, art here surely embodies something about the unique spirit of Downtown Indianapolis, and perhaps even Indiana in general. See website for artist roster and more.
Built in the year 1864, the Morris-Butler House was owned by the Morris family, who resided here during the colonial era. Eventually, the family moved out, leaving this spectacular piece of architecture to the city. The Morris-Butler House is now considered the epitome of the Victorian era, and a tour around the place shows you why. The house is dotted with delicate, ornate pieces, including the chinaware in which they used to serve tea. Visiting the Morris-Butler House may make you feel like you are walking through a dream.
The Dean Johnson Gallery is known for its innovative works. The gallery gives us a look at the graphics and fine art works done by local and nationally known artists. They aim at advancing art in the community and supporting the talent of the Indianapolis arts community so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated by the masses.
Formerly the residence of the Hoosier poet of the same name, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is a bastion of historic preservation. This museum is filled with the historical artifacts, furniture and belongings of Indiana's most beloved poet. The home itself is a great example of late-Victorian architecture, and takes one back in time to the early days of James's life.
The Harrison Center for the Arts, with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, tries to create artistic appreciation among the people of Indianapolis through exhibitions of art and culture. In addition to being a great place to see an exhibition, the Harrison Center is also a space for artists to work and connect with others. Stop by on the first Friday of the month for special exhibitions and displays. The First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, gymnasium and a courtyard are available for parties and weddings.
One of the famous landmarks of Indianapolis, the President Benjamin Harrison Home was built in the 1870s and is now a museum dedicated to President Harrison. In order to explore his life, the historic building houses artifacts and books belonging to the Harrison family. The chambers have period furniture, the president's personal items, and political memorabilia. The house is also a venue for city events and exhibitions. Tours of the house are held every half hour.
Want to see your child blossom into the Einstein of the future? Bring them to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and see their talents grow. Visit rare exhibits, educational displays, and child-centric festivities and events at this unique museum. With an aim to foster better cognitive abilities and out-of-the-box thinking among young ones, this museum has laid out an elaborate array of exhibits for children to explore. Children will love the variety of exhibits held here: Barbie displays, ghost hotels, space planetariums, Egyptian lifestyle, exhibits on health, science and technology among other things. When hunger pangs strike, rush to the Food Court and grab a quick bite to eat. Visit the museum store and buy exotic memorabilia to take home with you. You can also host birthday parties and kids' events at this venue.
The Rhythm! Discovery Center is one of the world's best percussion museums. A series of exhibits explore the history and evolution of the drum into the modern drum kit we know today. You can eve look at the drum kits played by famous drummers like John Bonham and Neil Peart. There are also interactive displays, where you can make music and rhythms with the drums available.
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located in the State Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The monument was designed by architect Bruno Schmitz of Germany. The tower includes an observation deck.
The Indiana Historical Center is offering a unique way to explore the history of Indiana. There are the "You Are There" exhibits, where actors play historical figures that you can interact with to learn about a specific period. There's the "Destination Indiana" area, where innovative touch screens let you explore different areas of the state over time. There's even a whole room dedicated to Cole Porter, with an actor belting out some of his classics. With all of these interactive displays, a trip to the Historical Center is like a trip back in time.
The globe trotting and knowledge seeking tourist will not want to miss this splendid museum. One of the few museums that strives to preserve all of the arts of the American West, it houses a large collection of both Western and Native American art. This makes it a great place to learn about indigenous people in the context of American history. The museum arranges events and programs to encourage community in the city. Private parties like weddings and business conferences can also be held within its beautiful environs. For further information on current exhibitions, log on to their website.
Herron is a great place for art lovers to get a taste of up and coming trends in the art world. A couple of galleries here are open to the public, and they showcase nothing but fresh work by students, faculty and others. Additionally, if you time your visit right, you might find some bargains at periodic art sales. See website for enrollment info and more.