Whether you live in Indianapolis or are just visiting, you should head along with your kids to the Ropkey Armor Museum. Driving to the museum from downtown Indianapolis to the museum should take just under an hour if you manage to avoid most of the traffic.
This privately-owned museum was opened by Fred Ropkey who served as a Tank Platoon Leader in the US Marine Corps during the 1950s and displays a selection of armored vehicles and aircraft in Montgomery County, having moved there from Indianopolis in 2004.
Things to Do
- Witness some fine examples of Sherman tanks from World War II. There were more M4 Sherman tanks used by the Western Allies during the Second World War than any other type and those on display in the Ropkey Armor Museum have been finely restored to their former glory.
- Marvel at the M3A1 scout car, the first vehicle to be added to Fred Ropkey's collection. This vehicle was also used during the Second World War and was renowned for its versatility and the many different roles it played during the war effort.
- The M109 howitzer is an incredible site to behold and can be seen at the Ropkey Armor Museum. The M109 is more modern than both the Shermans and M3A1, having been first introduced during the 1960s for operations by several different armed forces.
Ropkey Armor Museum Insider Tips
- While the museum is free to enter. If you enjoy your stay, you should consider providing the museum with a donation to help preserve these fantastic vehicles and artefacts.
- For more information on the museum's collections, visit their website.