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“Indiana in 200 Objects” now at the Indiana State Museum

Come celebrate Indiana’s past and present with the Indiana State Museum as the celebration for Indiana’s Bicentennial gets underway! In honor, the museum will highlight significant moments, events, artifacts and people from Indiana’s past and present with 200 objects, including superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents.

In addition to nearly 140 artifacts from the Indiana State Museum collection, contributions from institutions, museums, libraries, corporations and private collections from throughout the nation will be utilized to tell Indiana’s story. The US National Archives, Indiana Historical Society, Rolls-Royce, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Cummins Inc., Cranbrook Institute, Butler University, Indiana University, Notre Dame and Purdue University are among the 40 partners on this project.

A tiny sample of the artifacts to be exhibited includes a fully mounted mastodon skeleton, Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 fire suit, a leather jacket Elton John gave to Ryan White, a Duesenberg automobile, Reverend Theodore Hesburgh’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, Amelia Earhart’s flight jacket, Johnny Appleseed’s drinking flask, Indiana’s electric chair, a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln and a military drone built by Rolls Royce.

200 Objects is organized into nine themes addressing some aspect of Hoosier life from statehood to globalization, local to universal and inspirational to cautionary. The exhibition is included with museum admission.

The exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects will be on view April 30, 2016 through January 29, 2017.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 or visit