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.

February 23, 2023

The Max Kade Film Series seeks to celebrate German storytelling through film. Presented in partnership with the Max Kade German-American Center. Emil and the Detectives follows a young boy named Emil who has…

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March 23, 2023

The Max Kade Film Series seeks to celebrate German storytelling through film. Presented in partnership with the Max Kade German-American Center. Sunset Boulevard: In Hollywood of the 50’s, the obscure screenplay writer Joe…

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March 25, 2023

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?…

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April 15, 2023

One of the longest-running events in the city of Indianapolis, St. Benno Fest follows the traditions of the Athenaeum Turners' founding families. St. Benno and his goat, Herr Bock, will…

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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.