September 20, 2012
Smithsonian Museums Offer FREE Admission

On Saturday September 29, 2012, seven Indianapolis-area institutions will open their doors for free! In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a FREE Museum Day Ticket.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only (Sept. 29). One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.

For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating Indiana museums and cultural institutions, visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-search/?state=Indiana.

Here is a list of participating museums in the Indianapolis area:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

1230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 631-1888

Benjamin Harrison’s 16-room Italianate Victorian house, built in 1874-75, figured prominently in his 1888 campaign for the presidency. Harrison gave 80 “front porch” speeches to 300,000 from his Delaware Street home. The newly-renovated museum at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site offers daily guided tours.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

13400 Allisonville Road
Fishers, IN 46028
(317) 776-6006

At Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, you’ll find five themed historic areas to explore: Lenape Camp, Conner Homestead, 1836 Prairietown, 1859 Balloon Voyage and 1863 Civil War Journey. In each area “look, don’t touch” becomes “look, touch, smell, taste and hear” as you live history first-hand. Explore 200 beautiful, wooded acres, and discover exciting, memorable ways to experience the past with your family. Don’t miss the new 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana.

Indiana Historical Society

450 W Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 232-1882

The IHS is Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

4000 Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 923-1331

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a collection of over 50,000 works of art. At the Museum, you will find art from a variety of cultures and periods in art history. The Museum also features national and international traveling exhibitions throughout the year.

Rhythm! Discovery Center

110 W Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 275-9030

Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum providing innovative programs; interactive, educational exhibits; and artistic performances. Drawing upon cultures around the world, the Center offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society.

The Museum Of Miniature Houses and Other Collections

111 East Main Street
Carmel, IN 46032
317-575-9466

The exhibits are antique and contemporary dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes, an artisan showcase and special collections. Whether it’s a Nantucket Captain’s home or an example of the beauty of architecture of a Victorian home, the Museum is a fantastic place for all to enjoy the arts, history, and crafts.

Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St.
White River State Park
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Indiana State Museum is located within White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum of science and culture. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Look for state historic sites in their home counties statewide.

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