Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

USA – Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana

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4790 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

WEB: Indianapolis Speedway
TEL: +1 (317) 492-8500

MUSEUM TYPE
This a motor car racing museum.

OPENING
March – October, 09:00 – 17:00
November – February, 10:00 – 16:00

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

DESCRIPTION
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, located five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of “The Greatest Race Course in the World,” and is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. In 1987, the Speedway grounds were awarded the designation of National Historic Landmark.

The Museum’s collection encompasses race cars from many series including IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, Midget, motorcycle races, and drag racing. The collection encompasses motorcycles, dragsters, cars and other vehicles that have set world land speed records at various points in history.

HISTORY
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened with balloon races 5 June 1909, followed by motorcycle races 14 August and automobile races 19 August.

Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. and Karl Kizer, the Museum’s first director, established a museum in 1956 to display race vehicles and memorabilia, principally associated with the Indianapolis 500 race. The first Museum building was located at the southwest corner of the Speedway’s property where the Speedway’s Administration Building now stands. It was large enough only to display a few vintage race cars. Before long, it was obvious something more substantial was needed.

During 1975, Hulman built the larger, more modern Museum facility within the Speedway oval, its opening coinciding with the United States Bicentennial celebration in 1976. Constructed of pre-cast cement and Wyoming quartz, the Museum’s display space measures approximately 36,000 square feet. The building also houses two gift shops owned by the Speedway, the track’s retail photography store, and other offices.

FACILITIES
The car park is free on non-race days.

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