The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is an art museum located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. It is named after Indianapolis philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg, and features collections of art and cultural artifacts from North American indigenous groups and cultures of the American West. It is the only museum of its kind in the region, making it an especially interesting attraction for families who are interested in teaching their children to appreciate different cultures and art.
Things to Do
- Take your little one to the wigwam, sit on the bear skin, and learn more about Native American culture by looking at beautiful objects like beaded shirts and handmade baskets.
- Explore the Western art galleries, where you'll find abstract art, commercial illustrations, traditional paintings, and many other types of depictions of life in the American West.
- Learn about Native American traditions in the Native American art galleries, which feature cultural objects from local tribes such as the Miami and the Potawatomi as well as other Native American groups from all over the continent.
Eiteljorg Museum Insider Tips
- Visit their website to learn about special discounts, or visit during the Community Tuesday event held the first Tuesday of each month to enjoy free admission for children and students and $6 admission for adults.
- Check their Festivals and Events page to learn about interesting lectures, workshops, festivals, performances, and other fun activities that your family might want to attend.
- Try to attend one of the museum programs offered by Teresa Webb, a member of the Potawatomi tribe who teaches visitors of all ages about Native American culture using fascinating songs and stories most Saturdays. View the calendar to find out more about specific dates and times.