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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

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The Indiana Historical Society's new interactive exhibit, "Indiana Experience," has attracted 5,007 visitors in the seven weeks since its March 20 opening, society officials announced Wednesday morning.

The society said the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center. The figure includes members who requested a wristband to visit the exhibit and visitors who purchased tickets, which are sold on a walk-up basis at the center at 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis.

Ticket prices for the exhibit range from $5 to $7, but children under 5 and society members are admitted free. 

Indiana Experience and a recent remodeling of the building are part of an effort to draw more foot traffic to the center on downtown's canal.

"The IHS continues to make strides in connecting both Hoosiers and out-of-state visitors to our state's past, and the 'Indiana Experience' is a primary vehicle for that," John Herbst, the society's president and CEO said in a prepared statement. "We are looking forward to the beginning of the summer tourism season and even more opportunities to share these new, innovative and exciting programs."

The society also reported a 30-percent increase in traffic to the center's William Henry Smith Memorial Library since March 20. It has received 931 visitors since Indiana Experience opened.

The society also reported significantly higher sales at the Basile History Market gift shop and the Stardust Cafe.

IBJ recently published a video tour of the Indiana Experience.



 

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