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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.


Michelle Jilg

Thursday, April 26, 2018
I was SO excited to go to the museum when I first moved to Indy. I have to admit, I was pretty bummed when I went inside. I guess I was just expecting more.... The museum was nice but it’s mostly paintings - I was hoping to learn so much culture but that wasn’t the case. Plus side to the day I went, many native vendors where there selling crafts. I purchased a sweet peace pipe that’s sculpted as a bear. It’s the coolest!! The best part of that day was talking to all the native vendors.

Nai'a Diaz

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Thus place is amazing!!! So much history here. Especially dealing with the different tribes that they have. All of the artwork is really beautiful as well. I was mesmerized by everything that I saw. This place is truly beautiful!!! ❤❤

Travis Mumford

Friday, May 18, 2018
Lots of interesting Native American history. Cool exhibit on Western themed movies and TV shows. Some fun hands-on activities like building a small teepee. It was a little difficult to keep the attention of my 3 year old, but we had a good time. There is a Cafe on site but we didn't get any food there.

Shannon O'Dell

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
There is an entire lower level where kids can play, touch, and explore. My little one had a hard time in the galleries where there isn't much to touch. Any older child interested in history or art will enjoy the galleries though. There is much alot to read and discover as an adult but you may plan to do that on a day without preschoolers. There is a cafe but the full menu isn't available all day. Overall a fun experience for any age.

Chris Bloomfield

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
It is a nice museum. Not as many kid friendly displays, but some. Care was expensive and served good food. There was a live band outside when we visited, which was an added bonus.

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