Eiteljorg Events

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The Eiteljorg hosts a variety of events over the course of the year that you won’t want to miss. Most of our events are included with the price of admission, so you can come enjoy the excitement of a special occasion as well as the beauty of our unique museum.

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Toy Drive: Toys for Turtle Moutain

November 19 - December 12

Please consider donating new toys to the Toys for Turtle Mountain's Annual Toy Drive for children of all ages on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation in Belcourt, ND. The Eiteljorg Museum has helped collect hundreds of toys over the past few years and with your help, this year can be the biggest yet! Monetary donations and gas cards are also accepted to help pay for truck rental and fuel for the volunteers who transport the toys to the Chippewa reservation,…

Snow Globe Workshop

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Get inspired by the Snow Days exhibition and Jingle Rails display and then bring your inspiration to the museum’s studios to this one-of-a-kind workshop and create your own miniature masterpiece to put in a snow globe to take home! Bring your creativity and we will provide the materials and instruction. $15 not yet members; $10 Eiteljorg members – includes museum admission on the date of the workshop and all supplies. Limited to 20 participants. Open to all ages, children under…

Sensory-Friendly Day

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. Thank you for your interest.* Join us for a sensory-friendly day at the Eiteljorg! Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Eiteljorg will host a sensory-friendly day for visitors who would like to experience Jingle Rails with some of the sound and light features reduced. Visitors can also enjoy the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience and art making activities. There are limited spots available for this event. Pre-registration is required

Paint a Train Workshop

December 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a tour of the Jingle Rails exhibit and learn about Western railways and the trains that ran on the rails. Then join us in the studios to paint a wooden model trail inspired by  the trains that populated the Western railways! $15 not yet members; $10 Eiteljorg members – includes museum admission on the date of the workshop and all supplies. Limited to 20 participants. Open to all ages, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There…

Western Book Club: Fools Crow

January 11, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom Cost: Free The Eiteljorg Museum’s Western Book Club, like the museum itself, is committed to including works that represent many different cultural values, attitudes, and points of view. Members come together bimonthly to discuss books that represent the diversity of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. Meetings take place via Zoom, and are open to all. Join us for a discussion of Fools Crow by James Welch a novel that in the sweep and inevitability…

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Eiteljorg – FREE Admission

January 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enjoy FREE admission to the Eiteljorg Museum on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the final day of Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure.

Behind the Scenes Talk: Object Loans

February 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Director of Museum Collections Allison Evans to learn about how object loans work in the museum field and at the Eiteljorg. This program is included with general museum admission.

Leon Jett Memorial Lecture with Kyle T. Mays

February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Kyle T. Mays, author of Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America, for an important discussion about hip-hop music by Native artists. The Leon Jett Memorial Lecture is named for the Eiteljorg’s former manager of public programs who sought to elevate multicultural programming at the museum. Reservations and more details to come.

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Yearly Events

June

Indian Market & Festival

Since 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has been one of the preeminent summer cultural events in downtown Indianapolis. Artists from more than 50 Native American or First Nations groups present art across multiple disciplines to be awarded, purchased, and enjoyed.

Sept – Oct

Quest For The West

Quest is one of the top Western art shows in the country. Opening weekend registrants will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculptures by some of the most prominent artists in a “luck of the draw” sale and a miniature art sale.

Oct – Nov

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Every October, visitors can enjoy free admission to the Eiteljorg Museum during a day of celebration with performances, art-making, Mercado vendors, community groups, and a community-curated art and altar display.

Nov – Jan

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Every winter, visitors explore the Eiteljorg’s popular annual holiday model train display, featuring reproductions of the landmarks of the American West and the skyline of downtown Indianapolis.

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Museum Info

Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday:
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thu 08

Toy Drive: Toys for Turtle Moutain

November 19 - December 12
Sat 10

Snow Globe Workshop

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sun 11

Sensory-Friendly Day

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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