Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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Explore the Rich History of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Racing!

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 honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark.

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.

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.

You can visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum website for more information. View Website The Museum is operated by an independent, non-profit charity.

Museum Admission
  • Adults $10
  • Youth (6-15) $5
  • Children (5 and under) FREE

Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to get onto the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.

  • Sept. 5 - Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink Admission $35 + Museum Admission
  • Sept. 6 - Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink Admission $25 + Museum Admission
  • Sept. 7 - Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Practice Admission $15 + Museum Admission
  • Sept. 8 - NASCAR Xfinity Race Admission $30 + Museum Admission
  • Sept. 9 - Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Race Day Admission $40 + Museum Admission
Hours & Contact Info

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


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET) March - October.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET) November - February.

The IMS Museum will close at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve.

For more information, contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784.

Track Laps

Track Laps (1 narrated lap on the 2.5-mile oval track in an IMS bus, narrated) are available on any day except for days devoted to racing, testing, special events, construction or when winter weather conditions prevent use of the track.

  • Adults $8
  • Youth (6-15) $5
  • Children (5 and under) FREE
Grounds Tours

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum offers a variety of ways to entertain family, friends, or clients with guided bus tours ranging from the 15-minute Qualifying Lap, to the 25-minute Kiss the Bricks Tour, and the longer 90-minute VIP Grounds Tour. Other tours are available from time to time include the evening Twilight Tour and the Crown Hill (Racers at Rest) tour. Other than the Qualifying Lap, these tours are not recommended for young children due to their length. Tour availability is subject to change and to access to the Speedway grounds. For more information on your visit to the Racing Capital of the World, visit the Museum’s website at or call 317-492-6747.

Location & Directions

The Museum is located at 4790 W. 16th Street, Speedway, IN, 46224, inside the track between turns 1 and 2. The entrance to the Museum is located at Gate 2 on the north side of 16th Street. This is marked by a black banner on the west side of the entrance.

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Parking is available at the Museum and is free of charge during days that the track is not in use for a race or other public event. During races and certain other events, Museum guests may need to park outside of the track and walk in.


The Museum strives to make its buildings, collections, programs and services accessible to all visitors. Companions or aides of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge. Museum ADA services include:

  • Free, accessible parking to the south and west of the Museum building, with appropriate curb cuts and ramps to facilitate entry into the building.
  • Wheelchair accessible tour buses.
  • We welcome service animals.
  • Our Museum Hosts can lead guests with severe vision impairments through a special touch tour of select vehicles in our collection.
  • For our guests with hearing impairments, we have printed texts of the narration of our bus tours of the track.
  • American Sign Language interpretation is available upon request with a minimum 48 hours' notice.
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