Athenaeum Tours - TBD

Athenaeum Tours - TBD

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Update: June 3, 2020
To help slow the potential spread of COVID-19, all Indiana Landmarks offices and properties remain closed to the public until at least July 4. In addition, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the majority of Indiana Landmarks-sponsored events and tours for the remainder of 2020. Even as the state begins to lift restrictions, we believe protecting the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and guests should remain paramount. You can check the status of previously scheduled events on our calendar page.

Our Indianapolis tours of Monument Circle, the Athenaeum, and the City Market Catacombs are currently scheduled to resume in July, but the status is subject to change per updated regulations and guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
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The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s architect grandfather’s firm Vonnegut & Bohn designed the German gymnasium and clubhouse, which the author declared his favorite of all of his ancestor’s works. Anxious to preserve their culture, and accustomed to clubs, German-Americans created societies for music, recreation and social activity, political and philosophical discussion, theater, exercise, and more. The Athenaeum united all Indianapolis’s German clubs under one roof.

In partnership with the Athenaeum Foundation, Indiana Landmarks offers guided tours of the National Historic Landmark on the second Saturday of the month, May through September. The tour explores the evolution of the building from a German clubhouse to a hub of modern urban life, with a theater, YMCA, and the Rathskeller, a restaurant/pub in continuous operation since the landmark’s earliest days.

May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12
Tours last approximately one hour and depart from the vestibule inside the Coat Check Coffee entrance to the Athenaeum. Enter using the west wing doors. With your ticket, you’ll also receive a handmade pretzel provided by the Rathskeller Restaurant at the tour’s conclusion.

$10 per person(age 12 & up); $5 per child (age 6-11)
$8 per Indiana Landmarks member; $4 per child of Indiana Landmarks member(6-11)
Free for children ages 5 and under

Tags: special interest

Event Details

Date: July 11, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This event also occurs on 08/08/2020, 09/12/2020

The Athenaeum
401 E. Michigan Street
Indianapolis IN 46204

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Indiana Landmarks
(800) 450-4534

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