Indianapolis Museum of Art

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4000 Michigan Road

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Spread out across 152 acres and featuring more than 54,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is an impressive institution. It's also among the 10 largest art museums in the U.S. Superlatives aside, what visitors love most about IMA is its variety. Not only does it offer Neoimpressionist paintings (like Georges Seurat), contemporary art and Chinese ceramics, but it also boasts one of the largest contemporary art parks in the U.S. — The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. The acclaimed outdoor space features a 35-acre lake and art installations set amidst woodlands and wetlands. And bonus: kids are welcome to play on the interactive installations. While you're outside, consider visiting the Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens, a 26-acre estate on the grounds of the IMA that is a National Historic Landmark.

Recent visitors highly recommended including the IMA in your itinerary and said it was a great way to spend a day in Indy. Travelers particularly loved the grounds, and said the museum store is worth stopping by as the merchandise changes with the exhibits.  

Admission for adults costs $18; youths between the ages of 6 and 17 can enter for $10 while children 5 and younger get in for free. Admission includes access to the galleries and gardens, but if the ticket prices are too steep for you, certain areas of the IMA campus are free, including the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, the Bret Waller gallery on the first floor, the IMA Café, museum store, and the LOVE and Five Brushstrokes sculptures. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursday it stays open until 9 p.m. IMA is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You'll find the museum about 5 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. Parking is free. To find out more information about exhibits and special events, visit the IMA's website

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