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!

August 14, 2022

The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s…

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September 17, 2022

SHOW INFO Saturday, September 17th at The Basile Theatre at The Athenaeum Doors 7PM / Show 8PM / All ages show TICKETS Reserved Seating Only Advance: $35 / Day of…

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September 25, 2022

The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s…

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October 02, 2022

The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s…

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October 15, 2022

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. Labyrinth Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her…

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October 21, 2022

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

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October 22, 2022

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

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October 22, 2022

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

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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.