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!

February 04, 2022

Mix, mingle, and marvel. Our ArtSpace gallery (located in the lobby of the Basile Theatre) features a rotating bi-monthly exhibit calendar showcasing the work of emerging and established artists of all disciplines. The exhibit kicks off on the First Friday of the month with a special reception from 6pm to 9pm. Our bar is open…

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February 12, 2022

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. THE PRINCESS BRIDE While homesick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. Cereal is included with…

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February 12, 2022

Join us February 12, 2022 at the historic Atheneum Theater for BIG GAY HEART-ON, a celebration of (and some objections to) Valentine's day! Sit back and relax with your significant other or others, a first date, or bring your bitter, single ass and some friends to enjoy a lineup of entertainers so fantastic you'll never…

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March 05, 2022

With The Hurting Kind, John Paul White has crafted a stunning album that draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. Yet these songs retain a modern feel, whether he’s writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one. White grew up in tiny Loretto,…

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March 06, 2022

Join comedian and world traveler ZANE LAMPREY (Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel, Food Network) at breweries across the country as he shares some of the most outrageous stories from traversing the globe and drinking for a living! Zane is one of the funniest comedians touring the country and is a master storyteller. Don’t miss this…

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March 11, 2022

MOKB Presents Heather Land w/ Special Guests SHOW INFO Friday, March 11th 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 Comedienne, author, and singer Heather Land tells it like…

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March 12, 2022

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, Unseen Press and Paranormal X Road bring you an exclusive opportunity to experience, interact and investigate one of the most haunted buildings in…

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March 12, 2022

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, Unseen Press and Paranormal X Road bring you an exclusive opportunity to experience, interact and investigate one of the most haunted buildings in…

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April 09, 2022

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. WALL-E WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a…

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June 11, 2022

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, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T.,…

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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.