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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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“the fastest hall of fame!”

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, located five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. In 1987, the museum and Speedway grounds were honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark.

The late Tony Hulman and Karl Kizer, the museum's first director, established the original Hall of Fame Museum in 1956. The building was located at the southwest corner of the Speedway's property where the Speedway's Administration Building now stands. It was large enough only to display a few vintage race cars. Before long, it was obvious something more substantial was needed.

During 1975, Hulman built a larger, more modern museum within the Speedway oval, its opening coinciding with the United States Bicentennial celebration in 1976.

Constructed of pre-cast cement and Wyoming quartz, the facility encompasses 96,000 square feet of museum and administrative office space. Museum display space measures approximately 30,000 square feet. A glass canopy above the main display floor provides year-round natural light. The building also houses two Speedway gift shops, the track's photography department and other offices.

An air-conditioned snack shop and departure area for bus tours of the historic 2.5-mile oval is located near the museum's front doors. About one-third of the museum's estimated 250,000 annual visitors tour the museum during May, the month of the annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

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Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 413 Helpful
September 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

The track may close from time to time, but the museum is open every dang day but Christmas! It's full of incredible cars with stories about the incredible men and women that drove them around this beast of a track. This museum & the track are the 2 things you MUST SEE on a visit to Indianapolis.

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Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 413 Helpful
July 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is Mecca for my family. The sheer size and scale of IMS will blow you away. YOU MUST visit the museum... Open every day except Christmas and they offer awesome tours of the track. If you even kind-of like racing or you like gigantic, impressive places, you must visit the track when it's not a race weekend. Of course, you should also come back to catch the Indy 500!

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Reviewed by
stinger503

  • 9 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

Was on a roadtrip and with a stroke of look we were passing by Indianapolis on the day of the Iny 500! Fantastic experience!

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Reviewed by
EBeck

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 06, 2013

This is one of the most professionally done tours I have ever been on. The tour guide was the son of a former Indy racer. He obviously was passionate and proud of Indy and his connection to it.

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Reviewed by
Jim and Karen Travis

  • 17 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 18, 2017
Rated 5.0

We had a blast! Tour Bus took us around the track and we kissed the bricks! The museum was awesome as well.

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Reviewed by
AlondraCampa

  • 19 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

Been here, and it is big and the tour was amazing. I also got to meet Danica Patrick.

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Reviewed by
David Stacy

  • 133 Reviews
  • 81 Helpful
September 30, 2014

This place is fantastic and much, much bigger than you expect. Was able to get a visit during time trials and had a fantastic time walking through the pits, and watching the cars.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

4790 W 16th St
Indianapolis, Indiana
46222 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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