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Indianapolis State Museum

Indianapolis, Indiana

Architect: RATIO Architects
Completion: 2002

Located on the Indiana Central Canal, between the Eiteljorg Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana State Museum stands as the focal point of the cultural district at White River State Park.

This 70,000 square foot building incorporates materials indigenous to Indiana, including limestone and sandstone. Combined with stainless steel, brick, extruded aluminum, and glass they form the museum’s unique identity.

A soaring atrium is the heart of the museum, and is suitably illuminated, with powerful uplights highlighting the ceiling structure.

A historic school facade was meticulously rebuilt inside the atrium and backlit to bring it back to life.