Indiana State Museum

Indianapolis, Indiana

A comprehensive collection of social, cultural, and natural-history artifacts, along with media and interactives in an immersive environment provide a lively exploration of Indiana's history.

Indiana, a 55-foot totem and the largest sculpture ever made by native son Robert Indiana, and the historic three-story façade of Oscar C. McCulloch School No. 5 greet visitors as they enter the building.

Once inside, they journey along the Hoosier Heritage Trail, where digital portals in every gallery invite them to retrieve information about the state's heritage. In the naturalists’ lab, with views to adjacent galleries, visitors use interactives and hands-on features to engage with specimens, programs, demonstrations, and nature classes.

The journey concludes in the audience-controlled Futures Gallery, where visitors forecast their own and the state’s future. A contemporary-art gallery showcases present-day creative production.

Year:
2002
Client:
Indiana State Museum
Architect:

RATIO

Size:

48,000 square feet designed by RAA

65,000 square feet total in the new complex

Awards:
© 2014, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.