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  • 1 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    500 W. Washington St.

    Rising above the canal like a cubic desert mesa, the contemporary 73,000sq ft museum in White River State Park is known for its collections of Native American and Western art. A highlight here is the large group of works by Taos Society Artists (in N..

  • 2 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4790 W. 16th St

    The largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500 auto race was first run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911. Local automobile magnate Carl Fisher financed the construction of the track in 1909, and the initial race hel..

  • 3 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4790 W. 16th St

    Ray Harroun's six-cylinder Marmon Wasp along with more than 75 other racing cars are on display at the Hall of Fame Museum located on the speedway infield. Classics here include the 1965 Lotus, the 1969 STP Oil Treatment Special driven by Mario Andre..

  • 4 Indiana War Memorials Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    431 N Meridian St

    Beginning the procession, the square at University Park, which was once a Civil War drilling ground. Just north, the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza centers on the Classical Memorial Building, its south steps graced by the 25ft-high bronze Pro Patri..

  • 5 Indianapolis Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1200 W. 38th St.

    Founded in 1883, this fine institution sits in 152 acres of woods and sculpture gardens that incorporate the 26-acre estate of Indiana businessman and philanthropist J.K. Lilly. The IMA's permanent collection contains an impressive array of more than..

  • 6 James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    528 Lockerbie St.

    Set in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood, this never-restored 1872 home presents the actual finishes and furnishings of Magdalene and Charles Holstein. Indiana-born poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was a houseguest here for the last 23 ..

  • 7 Benjamin Harrison Home Interesting

    Museums and art

    1230 N. Delaware St.

    The nation's 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) built this 1874 Italianate home during his legal career, campaigned from its front porch in 1888, returned to it in 1893, and died here eight years later. Harrison's office is reconstructed o..

  • 8 Children's Museum of Indianapolis Interesting

    Museums and art

    3000 N. Meridian St

    Exhibits in this massive, five-story structure explore myriad topics from construction to cultural diversity in an interactive format. A highlight is "What If," where kids can discover an ancient Egyptian tomb.

  • 9 Monument Circle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Monument Cir

    Dedicated in 1902, the 284ft-high obelisk of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument forms the center of the circle. The limestone shaft, commemorating veterans of the Civil War, is surrounded by terraces and fountains and capped by a 38ft-high s..

  • 10 Canal Walk Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Canal Walk

    A residential and museum complex edged with a waterside promenade follows 1.2mi of the never-completed Wabash and Erie Canal. The canal's L shape follows West Street from St. Clair Street to Ohio Street, then angles west through White River State Par..

  • 11 Indiana State House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    220 Capitol St

    This 1888 Renaissance Revival was designed by Adolf Sherrer and Edwin May. Its restored interior features a rotunda with a stained-glass dome.

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