Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Indiana State Museum

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.

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.

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21 Reviews for Indiana State Museum

Recommended by 92% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.6
  • Professionalism 4.6
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.5

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    Darlene T. · Married on 05/19/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    Sent on 11/07/2018
  • User4612239 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Indiana State Museum provides an incredible space for a reception, and my husband and I could not be more thrilled with the way our reception went! The space itself is beautiful and does not need much work, but the event planning stuff, catering staff (Kahns), and all others involved in the setup, execution, and tear down of the event were incredible. All individuals we worked with were incredibly helpful and nice and truly made our day special. We also took advantage of the museum for pictures before the ceremony, and all the volunteers and staff at the museum during the day were exceptional when we were walking around taking pictures! Highly recommend this space to anyone thinking about having a wedding or reception downtown Indianapolis!

    Sent on 12/15/2014

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Indiana State Museum FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 1250
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • 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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    10% discount for WeddingWire couples
    If you found us on WeddingWire we will give you a 10% discount on our services. Remember to show us your voucher when you come see us.

Team of Indiana State Museum

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
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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
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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.’
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Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements

  • 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 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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  • 650 W. Washington Street Indianapolis, IN, 46204 See on map
    317-680-7920 (Phone number)
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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: 4.6 in quality of service, 4.6 in flexibility, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.5 in average response time.

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

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