The Name Says it All!

In partnership with Indiana Landmarks, we proudly offer guided tours of our National Historic Landmark. 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 to preserve their culture, and accustomed to clubs, German-Americans created societies for music, recreation and social activity, political and philosophical discussion, theater, exercise, and more.

For those guests that are 21+, the Bier & Building Tours will combine information about the history and architecture of the Athenaeum with fun activities, glimpses into hidden spaces, and stories from the building’s past. Originally known as Das Deutsche Haus, the Athenaeum was built during the 1890s to serve as a clubhouse for Indianapolis’s German immigrants.

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 08, 2022

Indy's Best Haus Party Is Back! Join us on October 8 for the 14th annual GermanFest!  Again this year, we're taking GermanFest to the streets! Michigan and New Jersey Streets…

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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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October 27, 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 28, 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 29, 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 29, 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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November 06, 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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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.