The Athenaeum Presents: your next favorite thing!

Looking for family-friendly fun in one of the city’s most iconic historical destinations? Introducing Athenaeum Presents. Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind experiences you’re not going to see anywhere else in the city. Our lineup of arts, history and culturally focused events are designed to engage the community and meet residents where they live: in the heart of Indy’s Mass Ave district. Explore our annual must-see favorites, and don’t miss the next big things!

November 30, 2022

Join WFYI for an exclusive conversation with Marc Brown, creator of Arthur, at Listen Up presented by Lumina Foundation and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun. WFYI invites you to join…

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December 01, 2022

Join Heartland Film at the Historic Athenaeum for a one-of-a-kind Indianapolis holiday tradition. Get your picture taken on the holiday Red Carpet, grab a cup of FREE hot chocolate, listen…

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December 02, 2022

Join Heartland Film at the Historic Athenaeum for a one-of-a-kind Indianapolis holiday tradition. Get your picture taken on the holiday Red Carpet, grab a cup of hot chocolate, don your…

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December 03, 2022

Krampus is coming! According to legend and folklore, a mythical demon-goat beast arrives every year to scare and punish those who find themselves on the naughty list. With its long…

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December 04, 2022

All are welcome to enjoy this nostalgic visit with Christmas past. With a focus on family fun and making lasting memories, the Athenaeum Foundation brings traditional holiday favorites to ring…

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December 16, 2022

Follow the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll, with a twist! At a Christmas party in 1920, Clara receives a nutcracker doll and dreams that she comes to…

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December 17, 2022

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit…

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December 17, 2022

Follow the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll, with a twist! At a Christmas party in 1920, Clara receives a nutcracker doll and dreams that she comes to…

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December 18, 2022

Follow the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll, with a twist! At a Christmas party in 1920, Clara receives a nutcracker doll and dreams that she comes to…

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It’s not a place, it’s a vibe.

From a historically preserved theater and celebrated coffee shop to a chestnut-lined Biergarten and authentic German dining experience, this is a place where community gathers. For more than a century, the Athenaeum has been connected not only to the city but also to the needs of the people who call Indianapolis home. Since 1898, we’ve made it our mission to look after the physical and mental well-being of our guests, as reflected in our commitment to “sound mind in a sound body.” Today, that vision extends to showcasing everything from performing arts and musical performances to hosting game nights and film series designed to help you maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. It’s at the core of everything we do.

Celebrating culture. Preserving heritage.

Our generous donors, sponsors and supporters are the lifeblood of the Athenaeum Foundation. Whether it’s for operational and structural upgrades or for new events and programming, every dollar of your donation cycles back into our historic building. When it comes to preserving a century-old mission, we keep good company. Won’t you join us? Learn more about all of our giving opportunities.

Good people, doing good things.

Whether it’s a retail shop, professional service or arts organization, you’ll find the Athenaeum is a space for innovative creators and visionaries looking to make this city a better place to live, work and play. Pop in and discover the next local pioneers bringing their passion to (your) life.

Athenaeum Foundation401 EAST MICHIGAN STREET
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46204
317.655.2755

Our Mission

The Athenaeum Foundation preserves a treasured historic landmark that welcomes all to nurture a sound mind and a sound body through arts & culture, wellness and community.

The Athenaeum Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.