The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

Toys, games, music, films, books, and TV programs are touchstones in American society that unite all ages. We’re going to create an immersive space where families can explore compelling stories and works of visual, media, and performing art that span multiple generations. 

Two spaces—one for permanent displays and the other for changing exhibits—will make up the gallery in the current Eli Lilly Center for Arts Exploration. Visitors old and young will engage with hands-on activities, programs, and artifact displays in a way that builds cultural context and bridges the generations. 

Inspire and Influence

From fashion design and dance, to film and comics, to music and toys, American arts and popular culture have fascinated and inspired the world for centuries. Previous museum exhibits like Transformers and Barbie: The Fashion Experience captured the imaginations and hearts of thousands of visitors. We fully expect this new area to draw similar crowds and impact families and children for years to come.  

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The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture are made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment Inc., Mel and Bren Simon, and Gerald and Dorit Paul.