The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Indianapolis

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Indianapolis

Location: 39.768333328636,
District: White River State Park
City: Indianapolis
State: Indiana
Country: USA
Architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects
Size: 118,000 SF
Type: History Museum
Features: Sandstone Facade
Materials: Minnesota Dolomite
German Sandstone
Year Built: 1982

This beautiful museum evokes the pueblo architecture of the Southwest with contemporary design and intricate stone detailing.

Key Details:

The museum was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg who desired to “inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America”.  The museum’s collection of Native American art is regarded as one of the world’s best.

The building’s architect traveled with Eiteljorg through the desert Southwest to gain a better understanding of the culture, architecture, and landscape.  This helped to inspire the unique massing of the building and selection of finish materials.

If You Go:

The building is located in White River State Park and is part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.  The front facade of the building is set back from Washington Street and the Cultural Trail while the rear facade directly engages The Central Canal with several well-designed spaces and sculptures.  The museum itself is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Saturday and Noon to 5 pm on Sunday.  Check the museum’s website for more information.


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