Indianapolis Museum of Art: Mini Golf

The Indianapolis Museum of Art had a really fun exhibit this summer: a mini golf course!After wanting to go all summer, I finally got the chance to go, albeit as a third wheel with my sister and her boyfriend. Cyoot.

The idea behind the golf course is to revisit various parts of Indianapolis/Indiana history and culture. Each hole was designed by a different group about a different little piece of history. Although I couldn’t really include pictures of all of the holes, here are a few of my favorites, the first being the Lil Bub hole! Lil Bub lives in Bloomington, Indiana of all places.


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This hole is about the windmills that make up a huge part of the landscape of northern Indiana. I find these to be very relatable as my grandma lives up north. I spent a lot of time driving back and forth through those fields, especially the two summers that I lived and worked with her.


This hole was all about music legends who come from Indiana. Obviously all of Guns n Roses isn’t from Indiana, but apparently Axl Rose was born in Lafayette.


I think this one was more about the woodworking history that the state has. It was frustrating because the ball wouldn’t stop rolling because of the uneven surface the wood creates.


This one was dedicated to President Benjamin Harrison.

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I guess there also used to be an amusement park in Indianapolis. Apparently, it burned down in the early 1920s. Whoops!

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Farming. Corn? Indiana.

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New York Times crossword writer Will Shortz created his own major at Indiana University called “Enigmatology” the study of puzzles and codes.


This one was incredibly cool, a musical ode to the state song “Back Home Again in Indiana”. The chimes on the side are tuned to the song itself. When you hit them in order with the golf balls, the chimes sing the song perfectly.

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Covered bridges are also very present in Indiana, hidden in the country as well as a few in the Indianapolis area.


This one is dedicated to the famous author Kurt Vonnegut, a replica of his little office.




This one was a miniature recreation of the city itself, with a nice little replica of Monument Circle and the speedway.



Last but not least is Willie the Whale. Willie spent most of his life at the Indianapolis Zoo, until a few years ago. I absolutely love that they were able to incorporate this into the mini golf exhibit, mostly because it seems like a pretty rich part of Indy’s history.


So, that’s mini golf at the IMA. I absolutely loved it, it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen there. I say cute because obviously that is not the correct adjective to describe the artwork by. You get me, right?

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