• Note: The Indianapolis Museum of Art is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Though The Galleries are closed, Winterlights will be open from 5-9 pm to welcome you for holidays visits.


Getting Here

Plug “Newfields, Indianapolis” into your GPS, and use the main entrance approximately a block west of the corner of 38th and Michigan Road (which—don’t be confused—is called Martin Luther King Jr. Street south of 38th). There’s a stoplight there, and a big sign. Turn north into the lot. And if you don’t have a GPS, or don’t trust yours, we’re happy to offer you more detailed directions.



It’s free to park in our underground garage or the large surface lot near the museum. When you enter off 38th Street and want to park in the garage, just follow the signs.

If you’re visiting The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, there’s free parking at the loop off of 38th street near 100 Acres (go west on 38th and you’ll know it when you see it).

  • YOUTH (6-17):
  • FREE

  • $18

  • $10

  • FREE

  • $2

  • General Accessibility Info

    Newfields strives to make its buildings and campus, collections, exhibitions, programs, and services accessible to each and every guest. The staff and volunteers of Newfields are committed to providing the highest quality visit for everyone. Whether guests want to tour the world-renowned collection of art, wander through the historic Garden, or experience nature in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Newfields is committed to providing high-quality service and ensuring everyone has a wonderful experience during their visit.

    While the information here provides a general overview of accessibility features, we encourage you to contact 317-923-1331 or our Accessibility Taskforce in advance of your visit with any questions or specific needs.

    For site-specific accessibility information, please click here


    Accessible restrooms are located on Floor 1 and in The Toby inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as well as Lilly House, Deer Zink, and the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in Fairbanks Park.

    Service Animals

    Service dogs or service dogs-in-training are welcome to visit all buildings and The Garden on the Newfields campus, and also the Miller House and Garden located in Columbus, Indiana. The service dog must be under physical or voice control of the guest at all times.

    Emotional support, comfort, and companionship are not qualified as service tasks for a person with a disability. Therapy dogs are also not considered service dogs. The ADA also acknowledges only dogs as service but exceptions can be made for miniature horses. Same rules apply to miniature horses, as long as the weight or size of the horse does not pose any issue of safely operating the museum.


    Free indoor wheelchairs and rollators are available at coat check on Floor 1.


    Free and accessible parking is located both on the main surface lot and in the underground parking garage.

    • Guests can find accessible parking spots in a smaller parking lot just outside of the Welcome Center. Accessible spots are also available in the main lot and in the underground garage, which features an indoor tunnel and elevator to access the main floor of the Welcome Center.
    • Designated bus parking spaces are located in the main surface lot.



    community access programs 

    Upcoming Community Appreciation Days

    Admission is free to the general public on the first Thursday of the month from 4-8 pm, March through September. 

    May 2, 2019 - 4 pm to 8 pm

    June 6, 2019 - 4 pm to 8 pm

    July 4, 2019 - 4 pm to 8 pm 

    August 1, 2019 - 4 pm to 8 pm 

    September 5, 2019 - 4 pm to 8 pm 

    access pass

    The Access Pass program enables qualified families to purchase admission to participating Access Pass partners for $2 per family member per visit, for up to two adults and dependent youth living in the household. The Access Pass program is a partnership amongst many Indianapolis cultural destinations.

    marion county students

    Marion County students, in grades K-12, receive free admission to campus if visiting for a school assignment. 

    bank of america museums on us 

    Present your Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or U.S. Trust® credit or debit card and a photo ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admission.

    Free general admission is limited to the cardholder at participating institution. Museum hours and participation varies. Excludes special exhibitions, ticketed shows and fundraising events. Not to be combined with other offers.

    National Gardens & Museums Day 

    May 31, 2019

    As "A Place for Nature and the Arts", we have to celebrate Gardens and Museums Day. Admission is free to the general public on this day of celebration. 

    ticket distribution 

    Throughout the seasons, we provide complimentary admission tickets to community partners inviting our neighbors to visit Newfields for programs for families and a chance to engage with art and nature.


    We love to see guests having a great time at Newfields. To help make sure your visit is outstanding, we’ve compiled a list of tips and other helpful information. If we can assist in any additional way, please feel free to contact us at 317-923-1331.

    Upon arrival

    • Free parking is available in the main surface lot or in the underground parking garage. Bus parking spots also available in the main lot.
    • We look forward to greeting you inside our Welcome Center. Start your visit here. Welcome Center staff will provide your ticket, renew your membership, talk about daily tours, or share their favorite program of the day.
    • Free WiFi is available throughout the Museum building and Lilly House. If you are interested in the schedule of the day visit our calendar. 
    • The Clowes Pavilion is temporarily closed for renovation to make necessary improvements and updates. The extensive renovation will take about 3 years to complete, and will reopen to guests in spring 2021.

    Help us protect the art

    • We understand the desire to touch works of art that intrigue you. You can help us preserve the art by not touching, even the smallest touch can irreparably harm the works. We do have some interactive works on every floor, be sure to ask a docent for locations.
    • Bags smaller than 11 x 15 x 6 are welcome in the galleries. All backpacks entering gallery spaces must be worn on the front torso. Free lockers are available inside the Welcome Center for larger bags, umbrellas, or anything else you don’t want to carry. In fact, umbrellas are available to borrow should you wish to see The Garden glistening in the rain.
    • Water bottles with lids are permitted inside the galleries and you’ll find drinking fountains on every floor. However, to keep works of art pristine, food, other beverages, and chewing gum are not allowed inside the galleries. Feel free to enjoy refreshments in The Café on Floor 1 or the Beer Garden outside the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.
    • We love to see the personal photographs guests share of their visits. Join the conversation and use the #DiscoverNewfields and we might just share your picture on our social media platforms. Since light can damage works of art—and disturb other guests–please confirm that your flash is off. To keep works of art safe and to protect the experience of other guests, tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed inside the galleries, Lilly House, and The Miller House.
    • To arrange a formal or commercial shoot please see our Photography Policy and email to photopass@discovernewfields.org.

    Behavior Policy

    We are committed to providing an exceptional experience for all our guests.  Please observe museum guidelines and refrain from disruptive or unruly behavior.  Guests not observing guidelines will be asked to leave the campus.

    To ensure that all guests have a comfortable and safe experience, please observe the following guidelines.

    • No guns, knives, or weapons are allowed on campus.
    • To protect the objects, please do not lean on cases, sculptures, or walls. 
    • Water bottles with lids are permitted inside the galleries. However, to keep works of art pristine, food, other beverages, and chewing gum are not allowed inside the galleries. 
    • Bags smaller than 11 × 15 × 6 are welcome in the galleries. 
    • Guests 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Please do not touch the works of art inside the Museum or in The Garden.

    Planning a visit with children

    • Newfields is a great place to bring the kids for a fun-filled family day. Strollers are available to borrow on Floor 1, as are Family Restrooms and a nursing mother’s room. Breastfeeding is allowed in the galleries, but bottle feeding is not allowed, as bottled liquids are restricted from the galleries. Parents wishing to bottle feed can freely do so in the Pulliam Family Great Hall, Star Studio, or the Davis Lab on Floor 2, or the nursing mother’s room, The Café, or either of the lounge spaces on Floor 1.
    • Newfields welcomes all visitors and strives to be accessible to everyone. 
    • Feeling inspired by the art? Feel free to sketch with pencil in notebooks 11 x 14 inches or smaller. Colored pencils and ink pens are not allowed in the galleries, except in designated areas.
    • Have you lost something? Check with our Welcome Desk to see if your item may have been turned in or call 317-923-1331 ext. 175.


    • The Café and The Museum & Garden Shop are located on Floor 1 of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Be sure to check out our Shop & Eat tab for hours, menus, prices, and other goodies.
    • Coat check is available free of charge on Floor 1.
    • Drinking fountains are on all gallery levels, on Floor 1, at both entrances to Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion, and outside near The Garden for Everyone.
    • Bike racks are located in the underground and surface parking lots, near the Garden for Everyone, and on both sides of the Waller Bridge next to the Canal Towpath.
    • Free indoor stroller(s) are available at coat check on Floor 1.

    Pet Policy

    • Pets are not allowed in The Museum or The Garden. Guests who rely on service animals or who train service animals may bring them into The Museum and must comply with the provisions outlined in our Service Dog Policy.
    • Leashed dogs are allowed at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
    • Guest are asked to clean up after their Service Animal and dispose of any waste in a marked trash receptacle.
    • Please do not leave your dog in your car when visiting the Newfields campus.


    Photography must be conducted without disruption to Museum operations or limitation to the accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways, pathways and high traffic areas.

    • To help preserve the outdoor sculptures, entering, climbing or standing on any water features or fountains is prohibited. Do not climb, lean or sit on any artworks or place props or equipment on them.
    • Flash photography, tripods, monopods (including selfie sticks) and other photographic equipment are not permitted inside Newfields buildings.
    • The use of drones is not permitted at Newfields.
    • Photography is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.
    • Unless otherwise noted, photography of temporary exhibitions or borrowed works of art is not permitted.
    • All photography and video shoots on the Newfields campus require the photographer obtains a single day photography pass.
    • More detailed information can be found on our Photography Policies page.

    Download Newfields Campus Map

    Use it to plan your visit--it gives you a great idea of what there is to do, and what's close to what (so you'll know the activities and places you might as well "hit" while you're here).


    Image credit: Interactive campus map designed by Birt Pavel Yurevich.