Mission & Vision Statements

The mission of the USS Indianapolis Museum shall be to educate future generations about the story of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), from her commissioning to her tragic ending: the role she played in the Pacific Theater in World War II and the "cost of freedom" paid by those who served on her. The Museum seeks to present the past by collecting, preserving and exhibiting those artifacts that provide a direct link to the USS Indianapolis and the world in which she served from 1932 to 1945.

Through the acquisition of all documents, photographs and artifacts, the Museum will become "the central source" for research about the USS Indianapolis.

The Museum will provide a place to celebrate the history of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and it will educate and inspire current and future generations through the bravery, sacrifice and leadership of her crew and the courage and hope of her survivors.

USS Indianapolis Museum

The new home of the USS Indianapolis Museum. Opening July 2007 at the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Announcement by Governor Daniels

USS Indpls pilothouse
Scene in the USS Indianapolis pilothouse, late Nov. 1936, as she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his Good Neighbor cruise to South America. Commanding Officer, Captain Henry Kent Hewitt, is seated in left center.


passing the Golden Gate
The USS Indianapolis passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, circa 1938.


The USS Indianapolis after overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard, California in May 1943.