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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

500 West Washington Street

About Us:

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Its mission—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 executes this charge in exciting and often surprising ways.

The Eiteljorg collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects. Its collection includes artists such as T.C. Cannon, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Kay WalkingStick. The institution’s contemporary Native art collection has been ranked among the world’s best.  

The Eiteljorg also prides itself on offering engaging exhibitions. Special exhibitions at the Eiteljorg have covered diverse subjects, including the artistry and histories of pistols and motorcycles; the intersecting experiences of African- and Native Americans; Jewish life in the West; and the work of iconic artists Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe. The museum allows guests to further immerse themselves in Western and Native cultures through dynamic programs, cultural exchanges and events. The Eiteljorg has explored GLBT representation in Western film; celebrated women in the West and hosts a variety of Western and Native artists in residence each year.

The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that explore both Native America and the American West.

Renowned programs such as the Indian Market and Festival, Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship and the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale have helped the museum cultivate a national reputation as a premier cultural institution.


Matt Walters

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

I thought the Eiteljorg was a nice surprise of a museum. It was a great taste of Western and Native American art. And I appreciated that it was a manageable size, but still with nice variety. The overall building and artifacts were great, but some of the graphics could use some updates. Great choice for an afternoon.

D Porter

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

This is a beautiful museum. There are large open galleries and exhibits and even a little cafe if you need a snack. They have a very nice collection of western art as well as a large variety of native American art displayed by regions.

Joey Repasky

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Had a great time. Holiday train exhibit was much better than anticipated. Got in for free using homeschool teacher card, but paid for kids. Everything was quite interesting. Security was a bit overzealous. I swear they we're running laps. I'd see guards power-walking about every three minutes. I had my kids but they were holding hands nearly the entire time. Guards never said anything, but I felt eyed the whole time. I would recommend.

phillip ross

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

One of my favorite places so far downtown. Staff was nice, exhibits were beautiful and the whole downstairs is very hands on and kid friendly. I highly recommend this place!

Susan Schechter

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

A family visit with grandchildren to visit the model train display was a great success. The scenes for the train display were composed from whimsical carvings from bark-on trees. Everyone had a good time with lots of interactive displays from the days when Indiana was a frontier state to engage the children, ages 2 and 7.

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