Hours & Facilities

Featuring contemporary art installations among walking trails and a 35-acre lake, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres is one of the largest museum contemporary sculpture parks in the world.

Park Map

Hours

Open daily from dawn until dusk.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion is closed for the season from November through March.

Free General Admission

The Park is free. Hike the trails, look at art, have a picnic, and enjoy nature!

Facilities

Restrooms are located at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion is closed for the season from November through March.

What else should I know?

  • Friends, family and a picnic are perfect for 100 Acres! Just make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as the Park has some inclines and trails.
  • The Park is open to dogs, but they must remain on a leash at all times and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
  • Bicycles are allowed in the Park and we encourage you to go green and ride your bike to the Park. There are bike racks near the entrances to the Park for securing your bike while you visit the grounds. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • Skateboards are not allowed within the Park.
  • The most convenient entrance for strollers and other wheeled items is the Fehnel Entrance located adjacent to the Park's parking lot.
  • IMA security is available 24 hours a day. Emergency call stations are spread throughout the Park and can be used at any hour for true emergencies. We do ask that you keep your safety in mind when you visit the Park and be aware of your surroundings. Please do not leave valuables in your personal vehicle. The IMA is not responsible for any lost or missing items.
  • The Causeway Bridge allows passage across the Lake outlet stream to a path that runs the entire perimeter of the lake. However, the path is on a narrow isthmus of land between the White River and the Lake; during periods of significant rainfall portions of the path may be flooded or very muddy.

Are we allowed to touch the artwork?

Most of the site-specific installations are intended for a completely hands-on experience. Atelier Van Lieshout’s Funky Bones, Jeppe Hein’s Bench Around the Lake, and Los Carpinteros's Free Basket are great for playing on, or just taking a seat while enjoying the scenery around you. Alfredo Jaar’s Park of the Laments is designed to fully immerse the viewer as one walks through and reflects on the combination of art and nature. Kendall Buster’s Stratum Pier is a platform where visitors can view the lake or even fish from, all you need is an Indiana fishing license and use artificial bait.

What kinds of wildlife can be seen in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres?

The Park is home to more than 100 types of birds including blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, and several species of owls, hawks, and ducks. Help us keep track and share your bird sightings with the eBird community. By the lake you can visit with amphibians and reptiles such as turtles, toads, and frogs. Throughout the wooded areas of the park there are chipmunks, squirrels, minks, moles, possums and deer. For more information, browse the self-guided nature tours below.

Trees and Plants Guide

Animal Guide

Be Busy Guide

Looking and Seeing Guide