Midwest Living Review
Through the Indiana Experience exhibit, visitors explore the state’s identity not by sitting in a hushed library flipping through microfiche but by immersing themselves in memorable vignettes. You Are There galleries are like stage sets re-creating Indiana locations based on archival photography. Costumed interpreters representing real people in Hoosier history chat with you as you explore each location. The scenarios change regularly; current offerings: 1955: Ending Polio; 1939: Healing Bodies, Changing Minds; and 1913: A City Under Water.
In the swank Cole Porter Room, inspired by the Waldorf Astoria's lounge, a torch singer croons the tunes of Hoosier son Cole Porter into a Super '55 silver microphone; guests can sit at the 1940s-style cabaret bar to watch a film montage detailing Porter's life and musical career. Destination Indiana, a grouping of small multimedia theaters, houses comfy digital touchscreen stations where visitors learn about Indiana's 92 counties. The Fortune History Lab offers the chance to get behind the scenes of photo and document restoration, employ curator techniques to repair historical documents and learn how to preserve your own.
Adult admission is $7.