Athenaeum Building Tour

In partnership with Indiana Landmarks, the Athenaeum Foundation proudly offers guided tours of this National Historic Landmark.

On the 60-minute guided tour of the Athenaeum, tourgoers will:

– Learn about the Athenaeum’s unique German-inspired architectural features.

– Explore the evolution of the building from a German clubhouse to a hub of modern urban life, with a theater, YMCA, and the Rathskeller, a restaurant/pub in continuous operation since the landmark’s earliest days.

– Discover how the Athenaeum was saved when it faced an uncertain future and restored, still fulfilling the role of clubhouse for cultural development and physical health.

– See spaces usually inaccessible to the public, including rooms overlooking the Biergarten and gym, and the theater’s stage. Please note these spaces are subject to room availability and all spaces may not be available depending on building programming.

Please be advised that the tour includes trips up and down three sets of stairs. If you need accommodations for a more accessible route, please alert your guide prior to the tour.

Purchase Tickets in Advance
The tour costs $10 per person age 12 and up; $8 per member of Indiana Landmarks; $5 per child (age 6-11); and is free for children ages 5 and under.

Secure your spot by purchasing tickets in advance via the form below, by visiting or by calling Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or

A limited number of walk-ups may be accommodated, dependent upon existing reservations.