Athenaeum Tours

Athenaeum Tours

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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.

TOUR SCHEDULE
We offer Athenaeum tours the second Saturday of each month, May through September 2019: May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14.

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.

We will also offer free half-hour tours of the Athenaeum at 3pm and 4pm on October 12, 2019, to those who have purchased tickets to GermanFest.

PARKING
Park in the lot immediately east of the Athenaeum, a pay lot accessed from Michigan Street, or at meters on the surrounding streets.

TICKETS*
$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
*Tickets must be purchased in advance click for details

Tags: special interest



Event Details

Date: June 8, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This event also occurs on 07/13/2019, 08/10/2019, 09/14/2019

Location:
The Athenaeum
401 E. Michigan Street
Indianapolis IN 46204

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Contact:
Indiana Landmarks
(800) 450-4534


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