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New Admission Pricing Begins Apr. 7, 2015 at the Museum of Art

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art

On April 7, 2015, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will shift from à la carte pricing for special exhibitions and parking to a single general admission ticket.

While members will continue to enter free of charge, the new admission ticket will grant non-members access to the IMA’s 52-acre upper campus, including the Museum galleries and special exhibitions such as Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, along with the surrounding gardens and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens.

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres will remain free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Along with the Park, guests will be able to enjoy the IMA Café, Museum Store and Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall— home of the Sutphin Fountain, Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and Roy Lichtenstein’s Five Brushstrokes— free of charge.

The new general admission ticket will cost $18 for adults and $10 for youth ages 6-17. Free admission will be offered for children ages 5 and under, along with prescheduled Marion County school field trips.

Students at four-year, public and nonprofit Marion County colleges and universities will receive free membership to the museum. The IMA will also proudly continue its participation in the state-wide Access Pass program, which provides $1 admission per person per visit for qualifying families.

Under the new model, free admission will be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 9 p.m. The IMA will also host free Community Days, supported by The Hagerman Group, as part of the new ARTx series made possible with a gift from The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

Upcoming Community Days include:

Summer Solstice—Saturday, June 20, 2015
Autumn Equinox—Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Silent Night—Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Winter Solstice—Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration—Sunday, Jan. 18, 2016

The IMA will also celebrate National Museum Day on May 19 with free general admission.

Membership Promotion
Annual membership prices for the Museum will remain the same. The IMA is offering a special membership promotion with automatic, free upgrades for Individual and Dual/Family memberships through Sunday, April 5.

Guests purchasing an Individual membership for $55 will receive a free upgrade to a Dual/Family membership, a $75 value. Visitors purchasing a Dual/Family membership will receive a free upgrade to an Associate membership, a $125 value. Upgrades are valid with on-site purchases only.

Along with receiving free, unlimited admission to the campus, IMA members will continue to receive early access to Museum exhibitions, free or discounted admission to IMA programming and special events, and discounts in the IMA Café, Museum Store and Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop.

Campus Improvements
Over the past three months, the Museum has been working on campus-wide updates, including additional pedestrian walkways, enhanced garden plantings and new signage to help guests better explore the 152-acre campus.

Other recent additions include new sidewalks into the campus from the 38th Street and Michigan Road entrances to provide safer access for guests taking public transportation. Parking booths have also been removed to allow for free parking for all guests— even those who do not purchase general admission tickets.

Beginning the week of April 13, a new garden tram will take visitors from the main museum building through the Oldfields Estate, including a stop at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Shop. A narrated garden tour with information about the history of the estate and the gardens will accompany the tram ride. Tickets are free for members and will cost $5 for non-members, and can be purchased at the main Guest Services desk in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.

The Museum of Art is located at 4000 Michigan Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the new admission policy and campus changes, visit

Five Great Sandwiches for Indianapolis Visitors

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

I’ve never seen an official count, but I’ve been told that there are over 1,000 restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana. Obviously I haven’t hit ‘em all, but I’ve visited perhaps 10-15% over the past five years. Here are five of the best sandwiches I’ve photographed. If you are coming into Indianapolis in the next day or two for the basketball championship weekend, I’m certain that any of these sandwiches will satisfy your palate.

#5 – Boogie Burger, 1904 Broad Ripple Avenue

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

The Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger, with cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. staff photo, © 2010, all rights reserved.

#4 – Front Page Sports Bar and Grill, 310 Massachusetts Avenue

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

The Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.  Photo credit: Ben Risinger. © 2011,, LLC, all rights reserved.

#3 – Tie Dye Grill, 1311 North Shadeland Avenue

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

I don’t know if there is officially a state sandwich, but if not, it ought to be the classic Hoosier pork tenderloin. This is the breaded tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill, one of Indiana’s best. staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

#2 – Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli, 5410 North College Avenue

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan's Chicago-style Deli.

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli.

Dick Davis, local blogger, recently proclaimed Fat Dan’s as the best burger in Indianapolis. He’ll get no argument from me. This is a perfect bacon cheeseburger made by Fat Dan’s during the Bull Burger Battle. staff photo, © 2013, all rights reserved.

#1 – Rock Cola Café, 5730 Brookville Road

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

I’ve gotta give the #1 award to Rock Cola Café, because this sandwich, the Mile High Club, finished 2nd in the entire state of Indiana, in the Indiana Department of Tourism’s competition for “Best Indiana Sandwich” during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. It’s so big that it has to be held together with a knife (visible above), and it is one terrific sandwich. staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

Honorable Mentions

Shapiro’s Delicatessen, 808 South Meridian Street
A classic Jewish deli over 100 years old. You can’t go wrong with any of their sandwiches.

Gas Light Inn, 2280 South Meridian Street
Their reubens and pork tenderloins are something special.

Mann’s Grille, 1214 South Tibbs Avenue
Mouth-watering sandwiches at reasonable prices at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

Papa Roux, 8950 East 10th Street
A transplanted New Orleans restaurateur runs this Cajun restaurant with a variety of Po-Boys to die for.

Of course, there are many, MANY more excellent restaurants in downtown Indianapolis and across the city where you can get a great sandwich! These are just a few of my best foodie photos. I’ve got lots more restaurants, food trucks, and food photos posted on our main Web site at Enjoy your visit to our city! #IndyWelcomesAll

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Tie Dye Grill provided me with a free lunch during a 2012 visit to their restaurant.