Love by American artist Robert Indiana, 1970. Gift of the Friends of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in memory of Henry F. DeBoest. Restoration was made possible by Patricia J. and James E. LaCrosse. (Photo by Indianapolis Museum of Art/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields/Getty


Top choice in Indianapolis

The 152-acre Newfields campus houses the Indianapolis Museum of Art, home to a terrific collection of European art (especially Turner and post-Impressionists), African tribal art, South Pacific art, Chinese works, Robert Indiana's original pop-art Love sculpture and the largest gallery dedicated to contemporary and modern design in the US.

The campus also includes Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens, where you can tour the 22-room historic mansion and flowery grounds of the Lilly pharmaceutical family, and Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, with eye-popping modern sculptures set amid 100 acres of woodlands. The Art & Nature Park, which has its own entrance, is free and open daily from sunrise to sunset – perfect for an art fix without the steep admission price. Between March and October, the four-tap beer garden offers a respite from all that art and nature, including an exclusively brewed saison from Sun King Brewery.

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