2018 DU National Convention Tours

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Due to the cleanup after the Indianapolis 500 race on Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday, May 27), some of the track and grounds are not available for tours.

VIP Grounds Tour with Museum

Friday Only: 9:30am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm 
Adults: $30
Youth: $15 (6-15)
Children: Free (5 and under)
$20 – Shuttle each day

Kiss the Bricks Tour with Museum

Thursday – Friday: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Adults: $20
Youth: $10 (6-15)
Children: Free (5 and under)

When you think of Indianapolis, you think of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the "Racing Capital of the World." Located just a few miles from downtown, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)Museum has amassed one of the world's largest, and most varied collections of racing, antique and classic cars, including more than 30 that have won the famous Indianapolis 500. The Museum is honored as a National Historic Landmark and you will see why on your tour. Listed above are the two tour options available.

Note that bus tours of the race track are available weather permitting.

The VIP Grounds Tour is a 90-minute tour that includes the IMS Museum, the "Kiss the Bricks" lap and a visit to the Media Center, Victory Podium, Timing and Scoring and the Pagoda.

The "Kiss the Bricks" tour includes the IMS Museum, one lap around the IMS oval with recorded audio, 30-minute guided tour with the option of getting out of the bus at the world famous "Yard of Bricks."

Space is limited. We strongly advise you to email bbobay@brickyard.com to book your tour prior to arriving.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Monument Circle

Wednesday – Thursday: 10:30am – 4:45pm   
Phone: (317) 232-7615
Free (walk up)
$2 (elevator)
$20 – Shuttle each day

The Soldiers and Sailors monument is located on Monument Circle in the center of downtown and has come to symbolize the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The monument is Indiana's official memorial to the Hoosiers who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War. This impressive limestone monument was constructed between 1887 and 1902 and designed by Bruno Schmitz.  The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. To replicate a similar structure today, it would cost more than five hundred million dollars. 

To see the amazing views of Indianapolis, visit the observation level... only 330 steps up, or you may take the elevator to step 290 and walk the remaining 40 steps. 

The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum housed in the lower level is currently closed for renovations.

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Phone: (317) 262-3100
Admission: Free
Groups of 10 or more: $3 ea.
$20 – Shuttle each day

One of the most beautiful buildings in Indianapolis is the Scottish Rite Cathedral. It remains the largest building in the United States devoted to Freemasonry and has brilliantly colored art glass windows, richly carved woodwork, and ornately patterned ceilings. The East and South entrances to the Cathedral have hand-crafted bronze medallions set in the travertine marble floors. The detailed centerpieces display the 12 signs of the zodiac and the four principal degrees of Scottish Rite. 

The dominant feature of the exterior is the 'Singing Tower," a pillar which rises 212 feet above the sidewalk level and contains the carillon. It consists of 54 bells collectively weighing 56,372 pounds and making it one of the largest carillons in the United States.

NOTE: Main entrance on west side of building

City Market

Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30am – 4:45pm
(Individual merchant hours may vary.)
$20 – Shuttle each day

First opened in 1886, the Indianapolis City Market is on the National Register of Historic Places. With over 30 local artisan booths, the Indianapolis City Market is a popular destination for eateries, fresh produce and retailers, and is a great destination to stop for lunch during your day. The Original Farmers' Market is held every Wednesday, May through October, on Market Street in front of City Market and is one of central Indiana's longest-running and largest farmers' markets.

Lucas Oil Stadium

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Phone: (317) 262-8600

Adults: $10
Seniors: $7 (age 65+)
Children: $7 (ages 4-12) 
Children 3 and under: Free (when accompanied by paying adult)
$20 – Shuttle each day

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts is a state-of-the-art stadium with a retractable roof which seats over 63,000 football fans. Tour of the stadium last approximately 90 minutes and include visits to the playing field, an NFL locker room, Lucas Oil Plaza, the press box, and numerous other areas (depending on availability) that are generally inaccessible to the public. 

If you are interested in this tour, we encourage you to secure your ticket prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase two weeks in advance of each tour date until tour begins or sold out. Tickets may be purchased at the exterior ticket windows of the Colts Pro Shop located at the northeast side of the stadium, near the corner of South Street and Capitol Avenue. 

War Memorial Museum

Wednesday – Thursday: 9:30am – 4:45pm
Phone: (317) 232-7615
Admission: FREE
$20 – Shuttle each day

Dominating the five-block scenic setting of War Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana World War Memorial rises 210 feet above street level. This three-level Greek-style limestone and marble memorial pays tribute to Hoosiers killed during WWI, WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars.  On the lower level, the museum houses American military history from the Revolutionary War to present day.

Eiteljorg Museum

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: (317) 636-9378
Adults: $13
Seniors: $11 (age 65+)
Children: $7 (ages 5-17) 
Children 4 and under: Free (when accompanied by paying adult)

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One of the worlds' finest Native American and Western Art collections is located across the street from the JW Marriott. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is one of only two such museums east of the Mississippi. The Eiteljorg contains traditional and contemporary pieces from artists such as T.C. Cannon, Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keefe, as well as a collection of paintings and bronzes by Frederic Remington.

NCAA Hall of Champions

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: (317) 916-4255
Adults: $5
Seniors: $3 (age 65+)
Children: $3 (ages 6-18) 
Children 5 and under: Free (when accompanied by paying adult)

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The NCAA Hall of Champions located across the street from the JW Marriott is a two-level interactive exhibit which engages visitors and creates a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to be a collegiate athlete. The first level has all 24 NCAA sports represented and includes a novice to historian trivia challenge, current team rankings, video highlights, and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation. The second level is a fully interactive area where you may compete virtually and hands-on through sports simulators. 

Indiana State Museum

Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: (317) 232-1637
Adults: $14.95
Seniors: $13.95 (age 60+)
Children: $7.95 (ages 1-17)

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Indiana State Museum features unique exhibits and hands-on experiences that showcase the stories, events and characters that helped shape Indiana's history. Located across the street from the JW Marriott, the Indiana State Museum tells the story of the Hoosier state, and features exhibits that explore Indiana art, science and culture. The museum also is an Indiana work of art as it is constructed completely from resources from the state – including limestone, sandstone, steel, brick and glass.

Art at the Barn
with Anthony J. Padgett

Wednesday – Thursday: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Spend an afternoon with 2008 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, Anthony J. Padgett in his personal studio. His 1850's barn with hand hewn beams has been transformed into a working studio and gallery where over 50 original paintings and artwork from Anthony's 30+ year career fill the interior. Take a tour, participate in the interactive art demonstration, and enjoy samplings of Indiana's food and beverages. Local beer and wine tasting are sure to make this an enjoyable respite in the countryside.

Space is limited to 40 people per day. Bus will begin boarding for departure at 11:45am. Lunch is not provided on the tour.