• Stroll through acres of site-specific installations
  • Be wowed by one of the world’s largest collections of modern art objects

A few years ago, at the same time curators from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, they also sparked a renaissance of contemporary art in their backyard—literally. The museum, a taxi trip from downtown, opened both 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and the Contemporary Design Gallery which showcases more than 400 objects made after 1980 and ranks as one of the largest permanent collections of its kind in the world. You might be familiar with the bench sculpture Funky Bones by Dutch artist collective Atelier Van Lieshout, which appeared in the movie The Fault in Our Stars by Indy author John Green (a big fan of the park). It’s just one of a dozen site-specific commissions seamlessly integrated into the woods and lawns. Check out the museum’s calendar of events, too—Scott Stulen, who created the Internet Cat Video Festival, now works at the IMA and puts on inspired movie nights and other kooky gatherings.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is about four miles north of downtown at the corner of 38th Street and Michigan Road (which is called Martin Luther King Jr. Street south of 38th).

INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART: 4000 Michigan Road; 317-923-1331;
​VIRGINIA B. FAIRBANKS ART & NATURE PARK: 100 Acres: 400 Michigan Road; 317-923-1331;