In 2016, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art embarked on a far-reaching new vision for the museum, launching an ambitious effort called Project 2021. It includes these key goals: Completely reimagine the museum’s major galleries. Focus intently on the Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region. Expand and renovate the most popular parts of the museum. Raise $40 million in cash and planned gifts for the museum’s endowment to support telling the amazing stories of the West and Native Americans in more significant and impactful ways.
Telling Your Stories
The Eiteljorg is truly a place of amazing stories. From the diverse narratives of the West to the Indigenous cultures of North America, the Eiteljorg always has been a place to tell these stories and how they tie into many cultures. They are stories of the past. They are stories of the present. They are your stories.
Watch the video to learn more about Project 2021 and hear stories from our communities.
Become Part of the Story
The museum now is in the home stretch of a $55 million capital / endowment campaign that is funding transformational changes to the museum’s galleries and programming spaces to provide visitors a more culturally enriching experience. We are at 98.5 percent of our goal, and we need your help to raise the final 1.5 percent! Through December 2022, gifts of all sizes will help the Eiteljorg tell amazing stories for generations to come.
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Explore Project 2021
One of the things we’re most proud of at the Eiteljorg Museum is the way we include communities in developing projects with us, whether it’s an exhibition, program, or event.
The Eiteljorg finds its purpose in the art, history, and cultures of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. But that’s just a stepping stone to a larger mission to bring diverse peoples from our communities together, educate, and bring understanding to our shared heritage in impactful ways.
Opened June 25
All New Native American Galleries
The Eiteljorg completely re-envisioned and reconstructed the second floor Native American galleries, reinstalling Native artworks in a multi-sensory, state-of-the-art space to create a more contextual experience told through the voices of Native Americans.
Help fund a project in the new Native American Galleries!
Nina Mason Pulliam Education Center
The transformation of the canal level will create immersive spaces in the family discovery area and focus on five diverse families of the contemporary West. It will provide new and refreshed activities and technology for visitors of all ages. The Education Center will also be home to the Cagle Family Gateway to Learning that includes a multitude of education resources, including a nursing room and a quiet room for families with young children.
Opening Fall 2022
Event Space: Allen Whitehill Clowes Sculpture Court
The museum’s busiest, most utilized event and programming space and one of the very best event spaces in Indianapolis will be expanded to increase the Eiteljorg’s education and programming offerings, as well as host larger rental and catered events.
Western Art Galleries
The museum’s Western Art Galleries, including the Art of the West gallery and the Gund Family Gallery, were fully reimagined and reinstalled in 2018, with new engaging family interactives, an authentic look at diverse stories in Western art, and a new video wall greeting visitors near the museum entrance.
Thanks to generous donors and strong participation, many of the Eiteljorg’s goals have been achieved. Take a look at how far we’ve come, and explore the timeline of what’s in store.