van Gogh Exhibit in Indianapolis

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THE LUME Indianapolis Van Gogh exhibit is at Newfields until May 2022

Plan a day trip to Indianapolis to see this unique art experience!

This van Gogh Exhibit in Indianapolis is in Indianapolis through May 2022, for a totally unique experience at the Newfields museum. THE LUME Indianapolis features nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of New Immersive Digital Art Galleries. And, not only is this exhibit interesting, but the museum itself has a lot to offer. 

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in Indianapolis, IN, wants you to step into a digital world of art when It is a multisensory experience created by Australian-based Grande Experiences. It occupies nearly 30,000 square feet of of the museum to create an immersive digital art experience great for the entire family. 

THE LUME Indianapolis van Gogh exhibit in Indianapolis features almost 150 state-of-the-art high definition projectors that can transform two-dimensional paintings into a three-dimensional world that guests can explore through all their senses. It’s floor to ceiling in a spacious experience, unlike traditional art museums. If you are new to art museums, this is perfect for you and your family. You can smell, taste, feel, play, and be immersed in the art like nothing you have ever experienced before.

The LUME occupies the fourth floor of the main museum building. It is a 60 minute looping show about Van Gogh that is projected on the walls, ceilings, and floors of the 30,000 square foot gallery space. If you have kids with you, or need some space while you watch, I recommend going straight through the largest room, through the mirror hallway, past the café, and to the last viewing room. This room is less crowded, close to the bathrooms, snacks, or other Gogh areas where you can take a break from the show and come back when you’re ready. 
 

 

The Cafe Terrace 1888 in te LUME exhibit sells cute snacks (like Van Gogh lollipops) along with adult beverages and non-alcoholic beverages. The fourth floor also has some Van Gogh activities. My kids’ favorite were the photos that were taken of us and Van Gogh’d to look in the style of one of Van Gogh’s paintings. We also enjoyed taking a picture in a recreation of Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles painting, and viewing a real Van Gogh painting. The last thing on the fourth floor is the LUME specific gift shop which had reasonable prices for fun items.
 

Is it appropriate for kids? YES! Newfields is eager to expose the younger generation to renowned pieces of art, so THE LUME Indianapolis is an experience for both children and art enthusiasts. Children can safely explore the space, perhaps by laying on a beanbag while gazing up at Starry Night. There is an activity area to give children the chance to create their own inspirational masterpieces. The 9-year-old loved every bit of it and had a smile on his face at every turn. It is full of sensory items that will have you and your kids wanting to touch, taste, feel, and experience.  

You will see art that’s familiar in a whole new way. The inaugural experience in THE LUME spotlights the breathtaking paintings of Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Close to 3,000 moving images of Van Gogh’s paintings are set to an evocative classical music score, transporting guests into the fascinating world of Van Gogh.

THE LUME in Indianapolis is the first-time guests will be able to experience a digital gallery of this scale and sophistication at an art museum in the United States. We are so lucky to have this within driving distance!

You can van Gogh yourself!

THE LUME van Gogh exhibit in Indianapolis allows guests to explore the work of the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh in an unforgettable way. Among the most famous and influential artists in the history of Western art, Van Gogh is known for Sunflowers (1888, National Gallery, London) and The Starry Night (1889, The Museum of Modern Art, New York), both of which are key highlights of this dynamic experience.

Guests can also see Newfields’ own iconic painting by Van Gogh, Landscape at Saint-Rémy (1889) in the IMA Galleries before or after they witness Van
Gogh’s paintings come to life in THE LUME.

There is also a little something for the adults. You can try a Van Gough inspired drink and order a tasty treat to share or not)

How do I get tickets? Tickets for THE LUME Indianapolis at Newfields are available for purchase now. 

While you are visiting the van Gogh exhibit, fill your day with explorations of the entire Newfields museum. The greenhouse is filled with so many unique plants and flowers, some are extremely old – they take great care of everything!

Inside the main museum building, there were several interactive areas for kids to enjoy and touch. There was a scavenger hunt on the third floor, a full, Japanese tea set to play with on the second floor, and some great selfie spots in the main level with some giant sculptures in view of the three levels of escalators and on the back patio.
 
My kids especially enjoyed the furniture exhibit where there is a full, interactive furniture design and feedback section where you can write on the wall, assess three chairs, and design your own tea pot, lamp, and chair. My daughter also enjoyed a little bag of supplies for each kid for making a little purse with a paper bag, thread, and beads.
 
In the main museum, I was most impressed by the variety of galleries. There were sections of art and artifacts from all over the world, from all different periods of history, and of course, all different media of art. It was so much more educational than my kids realized.

 

On the grounds there is also the Lily House, The Garden, a greenhouse, a Beer Garden, Fairbanks Park, and the Miller House and Garden. Newfields has a 152 acre campus, and it is beautiful. The Garden has 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens. There’s lots of green space to let kids run around. The greenhouse is packed full and has has some plants that are 60 years old. 

 
Lily House is a National Historic Landmark built in 1913. Currently it is restored to look like it did in the 1930’s. You can take a self guided tour through the first level and lower level including the garage. During Harvest Days and Harvest Nights, Lily House was totally decked out for Halloween. There were so many details you could see something new every time you go through. 
 
Winterlights in November and December looks to be amazing as well, and is on our bucket list for this year. Winterlights boasts of over a million and a half lights glittering in the garden. Seeing their level of pumpkin decoration, I can guarantee it will be amazing. Again there will be a light show, fun activities, snacks, and hot cocoa available. 
 
RULES to note:
Pre-purchased, timed tickets are required for Newsfield, LUME, Harvest, and Winterlights admissions.
 

Free parking is included in your ticket price, and additional parking areas are opened up during special events – get there early if you don’t want a long walk from the car.

 
During the pandemic masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
 
Large bags and backpacks are not allowed in Newfields. 
 
Outside food and drink is only permitted in outdoor areas. Screw top water bottles are permitted inside galleries. There are water fountains on each floor and a Café on the bottom level. No food, drink, or gum can be in the galleries.
 
You can take as many pictures as you want, but flash photography is not allowed inside.
 
Newfields welcomes children and families. They even offer strollers and wheelchairs to borrow. However, bottle feeding is not allowed where drinking is not allowed in the galleries – there are multiple locations provided for taking care of babies and young children. 
 
You can sketch anything at Newfields, but pens and colored pencils are not permitted inside the galleries.

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