Guests will receive an orientation, led by a docent, covering a brief history of the St. Louis World's Fair and the Haans' purchase of the mansion, art collection, and antique furniture. The orientation also includes highlights of some of the major items in the collection located on the first floor. Afterwards, guests may view the first two floors of the Museum, except for the kitchen and butler's pantry, at their own pace.
Guided Group Tours
For groups of 15 or more, groups are led by a docent who will take you through each room on both the first and second floors of the Museum, including both the kitchen and butler's pantry. These tours are approximately 75-90 minutes in length, or can be customized for your needs. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Christmas Tours are our most beloved and highly attended tours of the year. Tours start the day after Thanksgiving and run through the end of December. These tours take the place of our daily daily tours during this time. The Museum is open on Sundays during this time.
We have three special exhibitions per year featured on the second floor, and these are are included with Museum admission.
The Haan Museum celebrates many forms of Indiana culture beyond the paintings, furniture and ceramics. You’ll find bronzes, carved stone, glass, and wood art, plus books by Indiana authors and sheet music by Indiana composers.
Indiana Paintings: Extraordinary historic Indiana paintings by Indiana’s most notable artists from the 1800’s to today, many of which have been published in books or featured in major exhibitions.
American Antiques: Outstanding collection of massive Renaissance Revival furniture (1860-1890), including a rare Superior Grade Wooten Desk and several clocks.
Indiana Ceramics: Over 150 pieces of decorative ceramics are on display, including large figural and architectural forms and unusual teapots.
Bronzes: There are three figural bronzes by Tuck Langland, and a few pieces by other artists.
Carved Stone: The Museum features numerous stone sculptures of figures and animals by Peter Rujuwa, both inside the Museum and in the sculpture garden. These are in the Shona style developed in his native Zimbabwe.
Glass: The small collection of glass in the Museum is mostly by contemporary artists. There are stained glass windows with cardinals (Indiana’s state bird), fused glass plates, Murano glass, and Kokomo Opalescent Glass.
Historic Architecture: The Classical Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and many parts are from a 1760 mansion.
Music and Literature: The Haan Museum also celebrates Indiana’s rich cultural heritage beyond the visual arts. There are books by famous Indiana authors and sheet music by noted Indiana composers. Books about Indiana art are available for members to check out.
Special Events: Special exhibitions and events are featured throughout the year at the Museum. Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for all of our current and upcoming activities.
A .2 mile wheelchair-accessible path on the grounds features over 25 sculptures in clay, bronze, steel, glass, limestone, and carved rock.
The trail is about a mile long loop in the Museum’s three acre woods, making it feel very much like a wilderness experience in the middle of town.
Mountain Bike Trail
The highly rated mountain bike trail on the grounds is open to the public. It is a 6-mile out-and-back singletrack trail with rocks, ledges, bridges, whoop-de-dos, benched areas, drop-offs, ramps, and other features.
The first and second floors of the Museum are accessible to all visitors. There is a ramp outside for wheelchair accessibility, and an elevator inside so that everyone can easily get to the second floor.
The Museum has a small parking lot, just next to the Carriage House, that guests may use to park their vehicles when visiting the Museum and its outdoor attractions. If the parking lot is full, on-street parking is also available. There is no fee for parking in the Museum's parking lot.
There is plenty of on-street parking for buses. Buses may pull into the driveway to let off guests, but will need to back out. Please do not try to pull through the porte-cochere, as it is not high enough for most buses.
Restroom facilities are limited. We suggest that tour buses stop before visiting the Museum.