Outdoor Delights at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
My favorite part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art is not the exhibitions inside (although admittedly, those are great). Rather, it's the nearly 200 acres of gardens, green space, forests, and sculptures that make this place one-of-a-kind and keeps me coming back again and again.
Grab a map, if you'd like, or just find a path and see where it takes you. You may stumble upon formal gardens, fountains, sculptures, or an apple orchard. You will certainly see Robert Indiana's iconic Love sculpture (pictured). Also on the IMA grounds is the magnificent Lilly House, a 22-room 1930s french chateau and National Historic Landmark.
If you walk the paths beyond the main museum grounds, you will come upon the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, what I consider to be one of the crown jewels of the city. Among the forest, meadows, and 35-acre lake in the park, you will find brilliant contemporary art pieces commissioned by the IMA. The art blends seamlessly into its surroundings, and it's an absolute revelation to take it in for the first time. Consider bringing snacks or a picnic—100 Acre is a great place to relax and take in the scenery.