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162nd Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19, 2018 @indystatefair #indystatefair

July 29, 2018 Leave a comment
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Image provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

With no disrespect to any other Indiana organization or event, the Indiana State Fair is simply my most favorite event of the year — and has been for more than six decades!

I started attending the Indiana State Fair in 1952. Yes. 1952! I was still in diapers. But my mother was a quilter and loved to visit the quilt display in the Indiana Arts Building. So away we went to the State Fair each summer.

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An impressive quilt at the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

My most vivid memory of the State Fair is the band contest. My brother played trombone in the Anderson High School marching band that won three consecutive state championships in 1957, 1958, and 1959 — and finished 2nd in 1960! I’ll never forget the announcement of 2nd place in 1960: “And 2nd place goes to — (dramatic pause) — A – N – D” and the crowd went wild. Ben Davis won that year.

And so I’ve attended the State Fair almost every year since then, except when I was serving in the military after college and was stationed out of state. 

This year is no exception. 66 years after my first State Fair, you know I’ll be there as “Step Right Up! The Greatest 17 Days of Summer” features a circus theme, August 3-19, 2018.

That’s right! New to the 2018 Indiana State Fair is a single-ring, world-class circus. Located on the north side of the fairgrounds, there will be three shows per day (included with fair admission) showcasing a variety of world-famous performers, including Bello Nock, the International Circus Superstar. The Big Top Circus is presented by Bee Window.

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The Big Top Circus. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

There are a few activities at the State Fair that I simply must observe each year out of family tradition:

  1. The first thing I always do is get on the Shuttle Train and take a ride all the way around the fairgrounds. It’s the best way to get a quick overview of what’s going on and where everything is located, at least IMO.state-fair-shuttle
  1. A stop at the Dairy Barn for a State Fair Milk Shake is mandatory for me. I prefer vanilla, but there’s strawberry and chocolate, too.state-fair-milk-shake
  1. I still like to stop at the Victorian-era Hook’s Drug Store Museum and take a step back in time at the historic soda fountain and pharmacy.hooks-musem
  2. Even though my cardiologist would not approve, a State Fair tenderloin is a must. Nobody makes ‘em like the ones at the State Fair!state-fair-tenderloin
  1. And I always pay homage to my mother, who died in 2011, by visiting the quilt display as previously mentioned. A sentimental and nostalgic tradition.

In the past five years, I’ve even conquered my fear of heights (at least somewhat!) by finally mustering the courage to ride the giant ferris wheel, and last year by riding the Subaru Skyride (which was new in 2017). The Midway is so colorful and full of visual appeal, especially after dark!

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The Midway at the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

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Subaru Skyride. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

I like to go through the DNR Building and view the fish aquariums. I like to go through the Agriculture-Horticulture Building and see the exhibits. I like to go through Pioneer Village and see all the vintage and antique farm equipment. I like to walk through the animal barns—it’s always interesting to look for the world’s largest hog in the Swine Barn. I like to hang around for the daily parade each evening at 6:30 pm. 

And curiously, I like to walk through the underground tunnel from the infield to State Fair Main Street, because that’s my earliest memory and recollection of the fair.

But that shouldn’t dictate YOUR itinerary! There is so much to see and do at the State Fair that you simply can’t take it in all in one day. So I try to get out to the fair at least 3-4 times each year.

The Chevrolet Free Stage has some great entertainment this year, including Rick Springfield, Natalie Stovall, Anthony Hamilton, Tyler Childers, Randy Houser, Kool and the Gang, Hanson, the Happy Together Tour, Grand Funk Railroad, Hunter Hayes, the Gospel Music Festival with Kirk Franklin, and more. See the entire Free Stage schedule on our Web site at https://aroundindy.com/fairgrounds.php.

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The giant hot air balloon race kicks off the fair on Friday, August 3, at sunrise (weather permitting), with the Illuminated Tractor Parade and Balloon Night at 9 PM that night. And the aforementioned State Fair Band Day is Saturday, August 4.

This year’s State Fair Queen is Audrey Campbell from Fountain County. Congratulations, Audrey!

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2018 State Fair Queen Audrey Campbell. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

The gates open daily at 8 am and are open until 9 pm Sunday-Thursday and 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Exhibit and building hours are 9 am to 9 pm.

Onsite parking is $5 until the fairgrounds parking is full. Or you can park at Glendale Mall’s Rural Street lot and ride the Indiana State Fair shuttle for free. There are also $5 lots located south of 38th Street across from the Main Gate and at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street. And you can save $1 off fair admission when you bike to the State Fair and use one of the secured bike racks available on the Monon Trail at 38th Street.

General admission is $13 (under 6 free). You can get advance tickets for $8 before August 3. The Chevrolet Free Stage concerts are included with admission. Discount tickets can be purchased online at https://indianastatefair.com and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Box Office, located inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, now through August 2.

By the way, there are several free admission specials:

  • Monday, August 6: Current and former military, and their families, receive free admission with ID presented at the gate.
  • Monday, August 13: Statewide Firefighters, Police Officers and EMT personnel and their families receive free admission when ID or badge is presented at the gate.
  • Wednesday, August 8 and 15: Free admission with IndyStar ticket.
  • Thursday, August 16: AAA cardholders receive free admission with valid AAA membership card presented at the gate.

And there are discounted admission offers on other days throughout the fair.

It’s almost impossible to write a blog post of any length and cover everything at the fair. So visit the State Fair Web site at https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/ for complete information, or call 317-927-7500.

I hope to see you at the fair this year! And I hope this is the year we crack one million in attendance.

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A view of the State Fairgrounds from the top of the giant ferris wheel. See, I finally did it! [grin]

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indiana State Fair provided AroundIndy.com, LLC with complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair; 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 annual media passes; and media passes to the 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Indiana State Fair.

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“Orchids” Opens at Newfields, Feb. 9, 2018 @newfieldstoday

January 23, 2018 1 comment
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“Orchids” Exhibit at Newfields. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Spring starts early with Orchids at Newfields
Orchids returns for the third year providing vibrant color Feb. 9 – Mar. 4

This winter, experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids in The Garden at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Returning for the third year, Orchids gives guests a tropical escape from the cold and welcomes early signs of spring from Feb. 9 through Mar. 4, 2018.

Curated by the Newfields horticulture staff, this year’s Orchids provides a new and fresh plant display. Explore diverse varieties of elegant orchids from around the world with hundreds of plants blooming inside the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, where experts are on hand to tell visitors about the blooming masterpieces.

Discover the historic Lilly House filled with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas. Take home your own pop of color by stopping by the Pop-Up Shop located in The Brett Waller Gallery inside Indianapolis Museum of Art, where staff and volunteers will be happy to share advice on orchid care.

For guests looking to expand their knowledge of these incredible plants, Newfields will offer workshops on mounting, repotting and basic care of orchids on Feb. 17, Feb. 22 and Mar. 3. Workshops are $45 and $50 for the public, with special discounts for Newfields members.

Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your knowledge about these delightful tropical plants and their connections to our art collection with Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

Don’t miss another sign of spring, the return of animals, with the debut of a giant, 10-foot long, blue snail. On Feb. 9, the snail will welcome guests into the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, waiting for the rest of its brightly colored friends to invade The Garden on June 1 as part of the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition.

Explore the tasteful side of orchids in The Café and through an expert-guided food tasting. Guests can also enjoy an evening in the Elder Greenhouse sampling wine and desserts inspired by the form, color and history of these fascinating plants at Edible Orchids on Feb. 23. The Café will feature orchid inspired menu items during the exhibition, including a mixed green salad topped with strawberries, candied almonds, orchid blossoms and a vanilla citrus dressing, other options include a mixed berry trifle with white chocolate vanilla mousse, and a blackberry vanilla prosecco cocktail.

Orchids is included with general admission and free for members. During the opening weekend, members will receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum & Garden Shop and in the Pop-Up Shop.

The full list of orchid related programming includes:

EVENT: Orchids opening preview
Feb. 8 / 5:30–9 p.m.
Free / Members only
Members get an exclusive first look at the new Orchids exhibition in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Enjoy a pop of color as hundreds of these rare and beautiful flowers fill the Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Watercolor Painting
Feb. 8, 15, 22 & Mar. 1 / 6–8 p.m.
Studio 3
$160 Members / $200 Public
Join us for a four-session class exploring the art of watercolor painting. Experiment with liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pans. Visit the Elder Greenhouse to do a watercolor study of orchids and visit the IMA Galleries to view examples of watercolor works in the IMA’s collection. Artists of all abilities welcome, adults 18 and over, please. Tuition includes cost of all materials, studio tools, and equipment.

EXHIBITION: Orchids
Opens Feb. 9, 2018
Included with general admission and free for members
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields. These colorful and exotic plants will welcome guests with the first signs of spring. Escape the cold and discover colorful orchid varieties from around the world blooming inside the Greenhouse. Explore the historic Lilly House as orchids fill the rooms with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas and buy a plant (or two) to take home in the Pop-Up Shop inside the Museum.

TOUR: Orchid Stories in the Galleries
Feb. 9–Mar. 4 / Daily at 2 p.m.
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Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your visit to Newfields by discovering Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

EVENT: Horticulture Society Symposium
Feb. 10 / 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
$99 public / $89 members / $49 students
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Join fellow garden enthusiasts for an inspiring day of presentations on a wide range of horticultural topics from in-depth plant lectures to inspiring design ideas. Get inside the head of Newfields’ horticulturist Patty Schneider, who will share tips and inspiration for dynamic, textural, creative and whimsical combinations for your own garden. David Mattern, horticulturist from Chanticleer Garden, will illustrate how he has transformed their vegetable garden from something utilitarian into a beautiful and inspirational display. This year’s keynote lecture will be presented by Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

TALK: Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite, Greenhouse plant specialist
Feb. 11 / 2 p.m.
Free / Members only / Advanced registration required
Once a month, members get to go behind the scenes to learn more about exhibitions. This month, join Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition. Learn more about these exotic, beautiful flowers and what inspires the intricate displays. Wilhite will host a Q&A for attendees in the Orchids Pop-Up Shop after his presentation.

EVENT: Book Club: Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Feb. 15 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Lilly House & Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
Wine Tasting / $6 Members / $8 Public
Book Club discussion / Included with general admission and free for members
Orchids turn from mysterious to fatal in the fictional world of Michelle Wan’s Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne. Join Ian Wilhite, Newfield’s orchid specialist, as we discuss the amazing reality and allure of orchids. Before the discussion, stroll over to the Greenhouse to view the Orchid exhibition and sample wines paired with featured orchids, selected by Director of Hospitality and certified sommelier Josh Ratliff.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Epiphyting
Feb. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$35 Members / $45 Public
Many orchids in nature are epiphytes, meaning they grow without soil. In this hands-on workshop, learn to grow orchids in the air with a Newfields orchid expert. Mount your own orchid to take home and learn which varieties are best suited for thriving without soil.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Terrariums
Feb. 22 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 / 10–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
You don’t need to travel to tropical jungles to see miniature orchids growing and blooming, but with a little help from Greenhouse Specialist and Orchid Expert Ian Wilhite you can make an orchid terrarium. You will be provided with a fashionable glass container and all the material you will need including a miniature orchid.

EVENT: Edible Orchids
Feb. 23 / 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Pop-Up Shop
$65 Members / $75 Public / Recommended for guests 21 & over
Do you enjoy delicious food and gorgeous flowers? Spend an evening surrounded by orchids while sampling tasty treats inspired by the exhibition. We’ve commissioned local chefs to develop tasty treats inspired by the geometry and color of these captivating plants. Sample two wines, and then choose a glass of your favorite.

TALK: Orchid Discussion
Mar. 1 / 7 p.m.
Lilly House
Free
Do you have pressing orchid questions you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Stop by Newfields for an exclusive talk with resident orchid expert Ian Wilhite. After learning more about the intriguing plants, make your way across campus to experience hundreds of orchids in the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Basics
Mar. 3 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
If you’ve been reluctant to grow your own orchids at home, this workshop is what you need to get started. Using plants from the Greenhouse, staff will provide insights and insider tricks on watering, fertilization, and re-blooming for next year.

ADULT CLASS: Beginner’s Bonsai
Mar. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Mar. 22 / 6:30–8 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$75 Members / $95 Public / Advanced registration required
This beginners’ workshop is designed to both instruct and inspire. Led by bonsai stylist Paul Weishaar, learn how to find the basic elements of a tree and recognized its potential. Style a tree and repot in a traditional bonsai container. All supplies included.

ADULT CLASS: Make a Hypertufa Container
Mar. 24 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$55 Members / $70 Public / Advanced registration required
Join instructor Carol Dale for a new spin on the traditional hypertufa, a fabricated porous rock, planter. Carol is a local artisan specializing in handmade hypertufa pots, garden ornaments, and felted items. This class is perfect for beginners and experience gardeners alike.

About Newfields
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit www.discovernewfields.org.

“A Christmas Story” Comes Home in Hammond @southshorecva

November 3, 2017 1 comment

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By Erika Dahl
South Shore CVA

Editor’s Note: Hammond is on central time (e.g. 8 am in Hammond is 9 am in Indianapolis).

This holiday season, the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, presented in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will be on display from Nov. 11, 2017 until Jan. 7, 2018 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. The exhibit takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for author, Jean Shepherd’s, hometown Hammond.

A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit features six animated scenes from the holiday movie A Christmas Story. The displays include Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, The Bumpus Hounds and A Hero’s Dream.

In addition to the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to see a bronzed Flick with his tongue stuck to the flag pole. This homage to the classic scene is the perfect photo opportunity in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.

The Indiana Welcome Center is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond; only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and two hours north of Indianapolis.

Special Events

“A Major Event” & Holiday Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Indiana Welcome Center and kicks off the holiday season. The Welcome Center will be bustling with children’s activities from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a cozy holiday market from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. features handcrafted and specialty items and gourmet treats. “A Major Event” kid’s activities include a passenger train – kids can ride for just $1! “Flick” Bingo, movie viewings, crafts, and a visit to Santa atop Santa’s Mountain.

“Oh Fuuudge!” Tire Changing Relay is an event that pays tribute to the events leading up to Ralphie blurting out “the-queen-mother-of-dirty-words,” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Parent/child teams will run through an obstacle course and prizes will be awarded to the pair with the best time. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.

The popular “Mommy’s Little Piggy” Mashed Potato Eating Contest features plates mounded with mashed potatoes and contestants of different age groups showing how the piggies eat and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m., and the first wave of participants will begin at 10:00 a.m.

All events are held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and registrations are available online at http://www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.

Letters to Santa, live entertainment and more!

Bring the whole family to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends and write letters to Santa and drop them in the big mailbox in the exhibit hall! Request to view the documentary “The Untold Christmas Story” in the 100-seat theater, vote on the ugliest leg lamp and favorite holiday tree or participate in the Write a Theme Contest – the exhibit is packed with fun for the whole family. More information is available online at www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.

Relive the “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” scene atop Santa’s Mountain

Have your picture taken with Santa on top of Santa’s Mountain, a replica of the one featured in the movie. In the famous scene, Ralphie Parker asks Santa for an Official Red Ryder BB Gun, and Santa responds, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Photos with Santa on Santa’s Mountain are available between Thanksgiving and Christmas, every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center; photos on Christmas Eve will end at 2:00 p.m. Photos are also available on Nov 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children have the opportunity to slide down a big red slide into a pillow of snow. Photos are $6 each.

Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your pet photographed with Santa on Santa’s Mountain. Pet photos with Santa will be available Wednesday, Nov. 22; Nov. 29; Dec.13 and Dec. 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Photos are $6 each, and $1 of every photo is given to local animal rescues. Well-behaved animals only.

The Parker Living Room

See an additional “A Christmas Story” Comes Home animated display window this year at Cabela’s in Hammond! This year, Cabela’s will display The Parker Living Room through the holiday season. Cabela’s is located one-mile from the Welcome Center at 7700 Cabela Drive in Hammond.

More Information

Visit www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com for a complete list of special events, contests, hours of operation and directions. The Welcome Center gift shop offers an array of movie memorabilia including the infamous leg lamp!

Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the State Museum, July 27-Oct. 8, 2017 @indianamuseum @hoosiersalon

July 28, 2017 1 comment
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Indiana State Museum in White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Megan Simpson
Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum is pleased to welcome back the 93rd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition as part of a new five-year agreement. The museum previously hosted the art tradition from 1990 to 2011. The exhibition runs from July 27 through October 8, 2017 in the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery.

The exhibition features traditional and contemporary, mixed-media and 3D works. During an awards ceremony Wednesday evening, more than $31,000 in prize money was handed out to participating artists. C.W. Mundy was recognized with the $5,000 award for Best of Show for his oil painting Emily in the Black Hat with Veil. The $2,500 Jurors’ Prize of Distinction went to A. Cassia Margolis for Portrait of Margey’s Son. For a full list of winners, click here. All of the winning works are available for purchase through the Hoosier Salon.

“The Indiana State Museum and the Hoosier Salon are both strong statewide organizations, committed to showcasing many of Indiana’s most accomplished artists,” said Mark Ruschman, chief curator of fine arts for the museum. “Many current and past exhibiting artists are represented in our permanent fine art collection.”

The Hoosier Salon was first displayed at Marshall Field’s in Chicago back in 1925. The Daughters of Indiana, a group of women who were born in Indiana but lived in Chicago, created the show to help promote Hoosier artists. In 1942, the Hoosier Salon made the move to Indianapolis and the William H. Block department store. The exhibition moved to L.S. Ayres in 1978 before heading to the Indiana State Museum in 1990. Most recently, the exhibition was displayed at the Indiana Historical Society.

The accompanying student art display features works from artists in grades K-12. A total of 2,720 students from across Indiana submitted entries as part of the 20th Annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. Winners of the student contest will be featured in the Electric Consumer’s annual calendar. The display, organized by the Indiana Electrical Cooperative, will run through August 27, 2017 in the museum’s Legacy Theater. Youth works are not for purchase.

For more information on the exhibitions, please call 317.232.1637 or visit http://indianamuseum.org/.

For more information on the Hoosier Salon, visit http://hoosiersalon.org/.

HOURS AND LOCATION
The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

Spring Blooms Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2017 1 comment

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By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art provided free admission to this exhibit to AroundIndy.com (and many other media representatives) in exchange for the promotional consideration.

More than 3,000 patrons visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art last weekend to see the beautiful Spring Blooms exhibit. With 250,000 blooms on display all over the IMA grounds, it’s easy to see why! The colors are breathtaking, and the smells and aromas are intoxicating! Oh yes: and you can visit the new Beer Garden at the IMA Greenhouse!

The museum is open Tue-Sat 11 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Thu), plus Sun 12-5. The Spring Blooms exhibit is included with museum admission. If you like flowers, you will love this exhibit! Here are some photos from the beautiful exhibit.

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