The Eiteljorg Museum, which has combined its collection with that of the Museum of Indian Heritage, focuses on the arts and crafts of North American Indians and on Western art and Sculpture. The collection is strong in the artwork of Taos, New Mexico. It covers the painters, particularly the Taos Ten artists who were active in the early 20th century.
Native American art and artifacts from all sections of the country are on display, along with the workds of Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, & Albert Bierstadt.
The last day of a special exhibition was there the day we went. It was Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime. There were almost 40 paintings of Georgia O'Keeffee who is famous for her study of flowers, bleached bones, and the southwestern desert. There were also photographs taken by her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Jill and I spent a good deal of time in the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit, savoring each moment.
The design of this museum was supposedly inspired by the "land, people, and architecture of the American Southwest".
The photograph that I took is a bronze sculpture by George Carlson called, "The Greeting". This imposing statue is located in front of the museum and is a great salutation.
We parked underground, and it was free because we went to the museum and had proof.
The Museum has a wonderful store which we perused.
Museum & Store Hours:
Tours 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday noon- 5 p.m.
Seniors (65+) ($6.00)
Under 4 (free)
A museum honoring America's original residents, and an impressive collection too. Everyone can learn something from the exhibits of these peace-loving people. Those with an interest in Native American culture, or anyone with interest in history will enjoy the trip. There is a $7 fee to get into the museum, but they offers student discounts. We were in the city for the Kiwanis International Convention, and the museum offered a special "convention price."
The Eiteljorg, one of only two Indian and Western Art Museums east of the Mississippi River. Located next the the Indiana State Museum and IMAX theater, and just steps from the White River Canal Walk. The building's distinct (and foreign to Indiana) architecture was inspired by those living in the American Southwest now and in the past. "The Greeting," a bronze donated to the museum by its artist in 1989, welcomes visitors with open arms in what is apparently a fictional Indian Chief. Once inside however, visitors will find more than bronze sculptures. You might see any number of exhibits including baskets, pottery, living needs, and child care tools.
The Eiteljorg is a premier world art museum, and can not be missed if visiting Indianapolis. If you have a love for the old West, or even if you don't, you will learn a lot for a very low entrence fee, and enjoy yourself even more!
The museum is dedicated to the culture and art of the Native Americans. The museum is still under construction and should be fully populated by the summer of 2005. If you only have time to see one thing in Indianapolis this should be it.
One of the most spectacular Native American museums I have ever seen. It's hard to me to really describe, I was so impressed with the facility. Excellent paintings (period and contemporary) capture the essence of the west, documenting landscapes, people, horses, etc. Even some well-known artists like Georiga O'Keefe and Charles Remington are represented.
Even the building itself is impressive. Made of Minnesota dolomite and German sandstone, the warm earth tones make one feel much farther west than they really are. Four sculptures stand on the grounds including an untitled piece of five white tail deer (pictured here) and a beautiful 12 foot statue entitled The Greeting.
The museum is named after local philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg, an avid collector of Western, American Indian and African Art.
Adult admission is $7, less for students, children and seniors. Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m .
Sunday noon - 5 p.m .
Open Mondays, Memorial Day through Labor Day
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a museum with Native American art including pottery, sculptures, paintings, and more. There are special exhibits going on from time to time. It is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest.
The building itself is 73,000 sq. ft. and in a style inspired by the landscapes of the Southwest. There are some impressive sculptures that greet visitors on the museum grounds.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday noon - 5pm
Open Mondays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Admission is $7 for adults 18+ and $4 for under 18. Seniors over 65 get in for $6. Check the website for a calendar of events and specific exhibits.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Great museum - Western and Native American Art - permanent and changing exhibits. I was able to see the Ansel Adams Photography Exhibit which was wonderful. The bronze sculpture of white tail deer outside of the museum is beautiful.
With a name like Eiteljorg, you would not expect such a concise museum of Indian Art and Woodland Culture. I've been looking for sources of information on the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes. Movies, books, and stories focus on the 'cowboy' period of Ameircan History and the late (1870-1890's) Indian Wars. Try and find a good source of the life and trials of Woodland nations, who lived throughout the Great Lakes! 4Well, here it is.
The second floor (east) covers the history and modern life style of the Potawatomi, Miami, Delaware and other nations in Indiana and into the surrounding states. They have consulted with the tribal elders and historians. It is a great source of who this 'first Americans' were and are today. The west side has pottery displays and a craft area, where there are often crafters at work.
Entrance fees: $7.00 adult, $4.00 (student), free (child), $6.00 (senior)
The Eitlejorg museum is a museum about Indian life. Indian art, artifacts, etc. I believe it is fairly new, though many things in Indy are. It's not too bad, though bring an interest, as it doesn't grab your attention as being incredibly cool. All the same, I enjoyed it.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art
Great children's section that has hands-on actitivies for children to learn about indian life. At the time I visited, they had a photo exhibit on people with Central American heritage. It was very good. They also have a section on Western paintings.
Mueseum of the American Indian and Western Art. A treasure. Cost $7
OPEN Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5, Sunday noon - 5