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Indiana State Museum

Indianapolis, IN View map Visit website
4.6 out of 5 rating
22 reviews
$2k - $4k For 100 Guests

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$2k - $4k For 100 Guests

The Indiana State Museum is a spacious and versatile event venue located within the White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. This venue offers stunning architecture, sweeping views, and ample wedding photography opportunities. The experienced event team here is dedicated to working with couples to make their dream day come to life.

Facilities and Capacity

Indiana State Museum boasts 10 event spaces, including both indoor and outdoor options, for couples to host their wedding celebration. Those wishing to host a cozy rehearsal dinner here will adore the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, which features traditional decor and space for up to 60 seated guests. Set upon the canal, the Ball Family Terrace can accommodate up to 350 guests in theater-style seating for an outdoor ceremony. The Canal Overlook Bridge provides a breathtaking indoor ceremony option. This space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides which gives guests delightful views across White River State Park and can accommodate up to 250 seated attendees. The Farmers Market Cafe and Terrace exudes a contemporary aesthetic and offers sweeping views of downtown Indianapolis from the spacious terrace. Here, up to 100 guests can gather for a sophisticated cocktail hour. The crown jewel of this property is Governor Frank & Judy O’Bannon Great Hall which adjoins the Ball Family Terrace. The magnificent Indiana Obelisk sits at the center of this space, creating a unique centerpiece for wedding events. Soaring 100-foot ceilings add to the grandeur of this room, while a floor-to-ceiling window wall allows the natural landscape to enhance events held here. The Great Hall can easily accommodate up to 350 guests for a seated reception, with room for dancing. The direct connection to the Family Terrace provides the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor space to facilitate successful occasions. Additional rental spaces are available across the state of Indiana at our state historic sites! Options include both in- and outdoor spaces offering lakeside retreats, beautiful gardens, masterful architecture, cozy intimate spaces and more.

Services Offered

Couples wishing to wed at the Indiana State Museum can utilize the dedicated event planners on-site to assist with the preparation and execution of their special day. The venue provides get-ready rooms for couples to prepare in comfort and style. Catering and beverage services can be arranged, along with setup and cleanup of events held here. Outside vendors are welcome to serve occasions held here, and the venue also allows pets to be part of special celebrations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,250

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

10

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Government Building
Historic Building
Museum
Park
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
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    Elizabeth K. Married on 03/19/2022
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    SO VERY HAPPY with the Indiana State Museum

    This was THE PERFECT VENUE for my daughter's wedding. We used the Canal Overlook Bridge for the ceremony and the Rapp Reception Hall for the celebration. This is beautiful, flexible space. The evening's flow was effortless.
    Even more, the ISM staff was accommodating and flexible. I was not the easiest mother of the bride, primarily because I do not live in Indianapolis. Beth, in particular, made it easy for me to meet with her, as needed. They had limited space for us to store some wedding decorations for three days prior to our event. Although they were a bit hesitant to do this- we were lucky that there were no conflicting events- it made things SO EASY for us and let me sleep at night prior to the wedding not worrying how we would get everything there. I have nothing but great things to say about the museum and the people who work there. Several weeks before our event, I stopped by the museum to again see the space. Although it was closed, the head of museum security took me up to see the space. WOW.
    The location could not be better, either. Most of our guests were from out of town, so we stayed at the Marriott properties, directly across the street. There was so much for our guests to do in the area, without a car, too. I would book there again, in a second.
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    Elizabeth A. Married on 06/20/2020
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    Phenomenal!

    Excellent place to hold a wedding ceremony! They were SO HELPFUL! They really work hard to make sure everything is in place and flowing smoothly. I can't thank them enough for being so flexible during the pandemic. They made sure everything was safe, clean and efficient.
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    Darlene T. Married on 05/19/2018
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    Enchanting

    The museum was a wonderful place to have my daughter's wedding. The view and the ballroom was elegant and grand. I will always remember that wonderful day.
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Team

Erica Montgomery
Erica Montgomery
Director, Facility Rentals and Retail Operations
  • Erica has been at the ISMHS since January 2009.
  • She got married to her husband in July 2018 and they have two rescued fur babies!
  • Her favorite colors are Pink and Lime green.
  • Her favorite Starbucks drink is blonde roast coffee, but occasionally vanilla latte! ☕️
  • Erica graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
  • Her favorite quote is ‘Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis
Beth Breymier
Beth Breymier
Event Planner
  • Beth has been at the ISMHS since March 2012.
  • She has been married to her husband since 1986 and they have 2 kids and 1 dog.
  • Her favorite color is Sea foam green
  • Her favorite Starbucks drink is Matcha Green Tea with Lemonade
  • Beth graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
  • Her favorite quote is ‘A party without cake is really just a meeting!’ Julia Childs
Melissa Velasquez
Melissa Velasquez
Events Coordinator
  • Melissa has been at the ISMHS since 2019!
  • She has 2 siblings (older brother and younger sister) and 1 dog!
  • Her favorite color is blue.
  • Her favorite Starbucks drink is Strawberry Açaí Refresher.
  • Melissa graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington.
  • Her favorite quote is ‘todo a su momento.’ from her mother! She grew up in a Spanish speaking home. English translation ‘everything at it’s own time.’

Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
Hillary Gordon Hillary Gordon Wedding Photographers

The Indiana State Museum is an incredible venue and a dream for both photographers and the wedding couple. The staff is extremely kind and helpful. The venue is lovely and offers plenty of options for beautiful photography.

Any Style Any Style Wedding Officiants

Such a Unique Place to have your Wedding! Guests are able to see the heart of the City and the Staff and the Venue are Excellent!

Ashley and The Cosmos Ashley and The Cosmos Wedding Bands

The Indiana State Museum is one of our favorite venues. Everything is seamless and perfect from beginning to end. The staff is fantastic and we love working with the.

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Indiana State Museum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Indiana State Museum?

Indiana State Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Tables

At Indiana State Museum, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Indiana State Museum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Indiana State Museum, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Indiana State Museum includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast

What are the most important characteristics of Indiana State Museum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Indiana State Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Art Gallery
  • Government Building
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Indiana State Museum for wedding events?

Indiana State Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Indiana State Museum offer?

Indiana State Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Indiana State Museum offer for wedding events?

Indiana State Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Indiana State Museum have available for wedding events?

Indiana State Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Indiana State Museum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Indiana State Museum is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in professionalism, 4.6 in quality of service, 4.6 in average response time, 4.6 in flexibility and 4.6 in value.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Indiana State Museum offer?

Indiana State Museum currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion for wedding services.

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