Free Museums In and Around Indianapolis
Please call ahead and check with each venue for changes in hours and admission. Some locations are open for limited hours each week. While the following locations offer free admission, most locations appreciate a donation or contribution to help keep their doors open. Some special exhibits at the museum may require a fee.
The 100 Acres at the IMA has free admission and it a great place to explore!
Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum are the centerpieces of Indianapolis. Open Friday-Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, don’t miss an opportunity to get a 360 degree view of the city skyline from 275 feet up on the Observation level. When outside temperatures are lower than 95 degrees, you can get there by climbing 331 stairs or paying $1 to take the elevator. (During out last visit downtown, the monument was closed for repairs. We’ll update you as soon as we know if it’s re-opened.)
Indiana War Memorial Museum is a free museum with beautiful decor and tributes.
The Museum in the City County Building offers a panoramic view of the city and a collection of Indianapolis memorabilia.
Indiana State Police Museum has a huge collection of police vehicles and one that you can hop into a have fun!
The Fan Museum at Fanimation has the largest collection of fans.
Carmel Clay Historical Society is open Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-3pm, Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Indianapolis Fire Department Museum is open 8am-4pm weekdays, 11am-5pm on Saturdays.