Welcome to the Monkey House!
We champion the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut and the principles of
free expression and common decency.
We Did It! You Did It! We All Did It!
For the past few months, we’ve asked, and asked, and asked some more, and you’ve given, and given, and given some more. As the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline on May 15, we met our goal earlier than expected. We cheered, and cried, and gave thanks to each and every one of you who helped us secure the funding for Kurt Vonnegut’s “Forever Home” at 543 Indiana Avenue. More than 1,300 people donated, chipping in everything from a couple dollars to many thousands of dollars. As a bonus, we heard from folks who shared how Kurt’s work or, in some cases, Kurt himself made a difference in your lives. Wow! He touched so many, and you’ve touched us. We are grateful and look forward to sharing our building progress as we move toward a fall opening-day goal.
If you meant to contribute but didn’t get around to it, there are still needs to be met. Additional donations will go toward our exhibitions fund. And, boy, do we have some great exhibitions planned for you! We can’t wait for you to visit us and the new building you helped secure. Thanks to our small staff, our large board, and our giant Vonnegut fan base. As one supporter wrote, “God damn it, you were most definitely kind!”
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library thinks Vonnegut’s imagination is worth sharing with a new generation. That’s why, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, we are undertaking one of the boldest programmatic efforts in our history.
Children’s Crusade Exhibition at Books & Brews
The Children’s Crusade is an exhibition of fine art prints curated by Jolynn Reigeluth in conjunction with our 2019 Slaughterhouse-Five programming at Books & Brews, 643 Massachusetts Avenue July 1 to August 2. Twenty artists from the U.S. and Canada have created images inspired by the characters and themes from Kurt Vonnegut’s powerful account of the second World War. Stop by and check it out, and don’t miss the opening and closing receptions on July 5 and August 2 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from artwork sales of the artwork go toward our continued fundraising efforts.
At the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, we spend a lot of time celebrating—celebrating Vonnegut himself, writers, artists, veterans, books, continued learning, and common decency.
The Museum/Library is closed for Relocation
The Museum/Library closed for relocation January 5, 2019. We are no longer at the Emelie Building on Senate Avenue, but we have great news about a new possible location. Click here to learn more!
Hours of Operation:
Our pop-up gift shop at Circle Centre Mall opened February 1. We’ll be in this location during our relocation process, so stop by and see us! We have all of Vonnegut’s books plus dolls, posters, candles, and many other Vonnegut-related tchotchkes.
Circle Centre Mall
9 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Located next to Aldo.
Open Thursday through Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Please note: The gift shop will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day
About Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut is a renowned author who took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which is 50 years old in 2019.