Welcome to your home for year-round fun.

Here, you’ll find a diverse lineup of entertainment options designed for the whole family. In addition to the signature events we’ve become known for (Germanfest, St. Benno and Karnival, etc.), you’ll discover additional programming and events as we actively engage with some of the community’s most innovative arts and cultural organizations. You’ll also find more and more Athenaeum-produced experiences going on all around our historic building and grounds — think pop-up game nights and performing arts in the historic Basile Theatre. This is Indy’s destination for must-see, definitely-do arts and cultural experiences.

Explore our schedule of upcoming events below.

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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 architect grandfather’s firm Vonnegut & Bohn designed the German gymnasium and clubhouse, which the author declared his favorite of all of his ancestor’s works. Anxious…

Spirits at the Athenaeum: Overnight Ghost Hunt

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you dreamed of being a paranormal investigator? Are you ready to meet the spirits who've been living in our building for over 100 years? The Athenaeum Foundation and Unseen Press bring you an exclusive opportunity to experience, interact and investigate one of the most haunted buildings in Indiana -…

Public Bier & Building Experience Tours

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Landmarks and the Athenaeum Foundation are partnering to serve up a tour of the Athenaeum—one of Indianapolis’ most beloved landmarks—and treating attendees to beer and German food. Open to…

Cereal Cinema: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (40th Annv Screening) After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth,…

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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…

Das GartenGrillFest

The Rathskeller Biergarten 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

We’re going hog wild! If you’ve never been to a real hog roast (or as the Germans call it...a spanferkel), now’s your chance! Help us ring in a new summer…

Public Bier & Building Experience Tours

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Landmarks and the Athenaeum Foundation are partnering to serve up a tour of the Athenaeum—one of Indianapolis’ most beloved landmarks—and treating attendees to beer and German food. Open to…

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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…

Public Bier & Building Experience Tours

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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…

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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…

MOKB Presents: John Craigie with special guest Maya de Vitry

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

SHOW INFO Satruday, September 17th at The Basile Theatre at The Athenaeum Doors 7PM / Show 8PM / All ages show TICKETS Reserved Seating Only Advance: $35 / Day of Show: $40 Have a question? Email us at boxoffice@mokbpresents.com   About John Craigie: Listen | Watch Video Portland, OR-based singer, songwriter, and producer John Craigie…

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

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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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.