As a new era of professional football in Indiana unfolds, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to connect with the story of the Indianapolis Colts and how the team embodies the values, drive and heart of the city they call home.
Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit uses digital activities, original artifacts, player interviews, photographs, videos and more to celebrate the team while also exploring football’s role in American culture.
Presented by the Indianapolis Colts, the new exhibit delves into the history of American football and how it grew out of the rugby fields of English academies into the modern game loved by millions. It also examines how the Hoosier Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium helped redefine the city’s image as a championship town.
Digital technology allows guests to get in on the action. Visitors can make a call on a real NFL play and find out if their decision matches the actual call. Another activity lets guests scramble onto the field as mascot Blue to juke and dodge oncoming tackles with their whole body.
Visitors can snap a photo with images of their favorite Colts players and listen in as former coaches, officials and players express their views on football, leadership and the NFL. Guests who cast a vote for the best Colts player or most memorable game moment will see how their choices compare to those of other fans.
Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit debuts March 10 and runs through Jan. 20, 2020, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Opening day hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special Fur Bowl from noon to 3 p.m.
The Fur Bowl, hosted in partnership with IndyHumane, allows families to draft a new pet for their roster. Cats and dogs may be held for adoption, but will not be available to take home the same day. The Fur Bowl and Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit are included with admission to the Indiana Experience, which is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids (ages 5 to 17). IHS members and children under 5 receive free admission.
Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit is presented by the Colts, with support from Plow Digital. For more information about the exhibit, or other IHS offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.