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!

June 24, 2022

SHOW INFO Friday, June 24th at The Basile Theatre at The Athenaeum Doors 7PM / Show 8PM / All ages show TICKETS Reserved Seating Only Advance: $37 / Day of Show: $40 Have a question? Email us at boxoffice@mokbpresents.com   About Stephen Lynch: Listen | Watch Video Whether he’s singing an ode to “queer tattoos,”…

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June 26, 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 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…

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June 26, 2022

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 and raise funds and awareness for new possibilities at Das GartenGrillFest, a backyard barbecue for our Athenaeum friends and family. Grab a plate and get in…

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July 01, 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. Free to Be Artists: Indy's LGBTQ+ Community The Athenaeum ArtSpace is proud to host this exhibition of artwork from Indianapolis locals who identify…

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July 14, 2022

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 people 21 and over, the “Bier & Building Tours” will combine information about the history and architecture of the Athenaeum with fun activities, glimpses into…

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July 17, 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 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…

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July 23, 2022

Crossroads GameFest July 23-24, 2022 Back for its second year, the Crossroads GameFest is Indy's premier Eurogame festival. This two-day community event is a celebration of the culture and heritage behind some of the world's most popular tabletop games. The Crossroads GameFest is free to attend* and fun for all ages. Bring the whole family…

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August 04, 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 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…

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August 06, 2022

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. A GOOFY MOVIE Though Goofy always means well, his amiable cluelessness and klutzy pratfalls regularly embarrass his awkward adolescent son, Max. When Max's lighthearted prank on his high-school principal finally gets his longtime crush, Roxanne, to notice him, he…

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August 14, 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 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…

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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.