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Art Aficionados: Top 5 Indiana Stops

Find art all across Indiana with this art aficionado trip idea.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Art & Culture, Girlfriend Getaways

Region: Multi-region

Destinations Included: Swope Art Museum, The Art & Earth Trail , Indiana Dunes State Park , Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, The Village at Winona, Indianapolis Museum of Art , The Alexander, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art , Kokomo Opalescent Glass

About this trip idea

You’re always up for a great gallery walk. Museums are your stomping grounds. Being surrounded by amazing architecture is your idea of an idyllic afternoon. Find it all, all across Indiana. 

FIND BIG ART IN A SMALL TOWN USA Today recently named  Swope Art Museum one of “10 great places to see art in smaller cities.” The 2,500-strong collection emphasizes American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, especially American Regionalist artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood. (W)  

EXPLORE AN ARTSY TRAIL  The Art & Earth Trail in the Northern Indiana area winds through seven counties, with everything from blueberry patches to artist studios. Get inspired by the beauty of the  Indiana Dunes, explore the  quilt gardens and “shingle shops” in Amish Country, and wander the streets of the artsy  Village at Winona, stopping at cozy bed and breakfasts along the way. (N)

SPEND A NIGHT AT THE (SORT OF) MUSEUM  The Indianapolis Museum of Art curated the artwork on display at one of Indy’s trendiest boutique hotels,  The Alexander. Stroll the halls (and even the parking garage) in search of artsy surprises, and then grab a cocktail in the Plat 99 mixology lounge—beautifully trimmed with 99 of artist Jorge Pardo’s blown-glass lanterns. (C)

GO WEST, YOUNG MAN (AND WOMAN) Located in scenic White River State Park, the  Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. It has one of the world’s best collections of contemporary Native art, along with works by the likes of Warhol and O’Keeffe. (C)  

TAKE A GLASS- FACTORY TOUR Founded in 1888,  Kokomo Opalescent Glass built its reputation crafting glass for Tiffany Studios. More than a century later, the factory still uses traditional techniques to make glass for Tiffany restorations. (E) 

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Swope Art Museum


The Art & Earth Trail

Indiana Dunes State Park


Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail


The Village at Winona


Indianapolis Museum of Art


Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art


Kokomo Opalescent Glass


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