The Wait is Over!


VonnegutFest, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is an annual festival in Kurt Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society. This year’s event coincides with the Grand Opening of the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) at 543 Indiana Avenue. We are so excited to welcome you to our new home!
If you would like to attend our grand opening event, general admission tickets for $15 or VIP tickets of $75 can be purchased here:


Courtesy of IBJ/Jeff Newman

KVML | Noon

Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Join Kurt’s daughter, Edith Vonnegut; Visit Indy President & CEO Leonard Hoops; Historian Bill Selm; musicians David Sasso and Katie Burk; Free Speech Ambassador Sophie Maurer; and the Board of the Vonnegut Library for our ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then enter the doors of KVML for your first glimpse.


KVML | 1 p.m.

Happy Birthday Wanda June

Help us blow out the candles at KVML’s new Wanda June exhibition, in partnership with Indianapolis Opera. Grab a slice of birthday cake with Indianapolis Opera Executive Director David Starkey and KVML Board member Kimann Schultz.


KVML | 2 – 4 p.m.

So It Goes Literary Journal Release Party and Readings

Don’t miss this literary salon of 26 contributors, including two former Indiana Poet Laureates, reading their amazing works from the eighth issue of KVML’s So It Goes Literary Journal.


KVML | 5 p.m.

Unveiling of the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room 

Raise a glass with Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett in a champagne toast to Frank and Katrina Basile in the museum’s Community Room, made possible by the Basiles.


KVML | 5:30 p.m.

Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day — Unveiling of the Slaughterhouse-Five Permanent Exhibition and a special Slaughterhouse-50 show of work by L.A. Artist Lance Miccio

Dig deeper into the history that inspired Slaughterhouse-Five with a panel discussion featuring artist Lance Miccio, who will debut 50 paintings based on Slaughterhouse-Five; Brian Welke, author of a forthcoming book on Vonnegut’s 423rd Infantry Regiment and an associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; and environmental artist Stuart Williams, whose public exhibition “Breath of Life/Dresden” at the Dresden Cathedral marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the city.

Also, our Kickstarter campaign to finish creating the exhibits and implement the planned programs around the book’s themes is happening now! Make history by adding your name to this exhibit. Check out our latest video, and donate. The clock just started ticking. Honor the 50th anniversary of the book and Vonnegut with your support now!


KVML | 7 p.m.

Grand Opening Concert 

Celebrate with the stylish sounds of Indy-based all-stars The Groove 4tet, featuring Clint Breeze (drums), Nick Tucker (bass), Steven Jones (keys), and Zachary Finnegan (trumpet) playing jazz standards and originals.


KVML | 8 p.m.

Prefer to Laugh

Let us put a smile on your face with this year’s Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award winner, Scott Long. Living locally in Indianapolis and touring nationally, Long is a career stand-up comedian who has appeared on NBC and FOX and written Emmy nominated sketches during his 11 seasons at the NFL on FOX. Warming up the crowd will be Jerry Wise, CFO of Newfields and this year’s master of ceremonies, along with Visit Indy President & CEO (and past award recipient) Leonard Hoops. As Vonnegut once said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” It’ll be a gas!


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 desire to grow and improve is ever present!

Please support our Kickstarter campaign to bring Unstuck in Time: A New Slaughterhouse-Five Exhibition to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

“Free Speech 50” Sponsors (It’s not too late to join this list!)

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library opens at 543 Indiana Avenue November 9, just in time for VonnegutFest!

One of our permanent exhibitions focuses on Freedom of Expression.

You are invited to become one of 50 donors (individuals or corporations) to contribute $500 to support the creation of phase one of this important educational exhibition.

Donor names will be displayed at the exhibit and highlighted in future newsletters and select event programs. Thanks to those who have already donated:

  • Anonymous Gift in Honor of Brett Stoker
  • Theresa and Terrian Barnes
  • Sharon D. Battista
  • The Charles Bruce Foundation
  • Dr. David A. and Mrs. Mary F. Cory
  • Nicholas Croce
  • James Forest Day on behalf of Montana Wildhack
  • DePauw University Libraries
  • Juliet and Alan Duncanson
  • Valerie Elliott
  • Mary Lee Gambone
  • Matthew and Anne Gillingham
  • Gregory & Appel Insurance
  • Sarah Harrell and Kristin Cutler
  • Paige Christine Harrington
  • Heartland Hemp and Supply Co.
  • James Lucas Jones and Jennie Jones
  • David and Mimi Lepreau Jose
  • Victor R. Jose
  • Katz.Korin.Cunningham
  • Marshal A. Miller
  • Frank Noge
  • John and Lisa Nolan
  • Mark Pfaff in honor of Daniel W. Pfaff
  • Mark Remington
  • Patrick Rummel
  • Stephanie Salter
  • Bonnie Schall
  • Kimann and Mike Schultz
  • Sherwin Williams (Downtown Location)
  • Kurt Simerman
  • Candace and Neil Teixeira
  • Kevin Toner and Susan Toner

Join us! Call KVML CEO Julia Whitehead (317) 652-1954
to learn how you can help make history with your contribution.

Click here for more info and a donation form.

Thank you for your support!

Remember our partnership with Butler University last year in which we presented a dramatic reading of Kenneth Jones’s Alabama Story? Now, it’s a play! Meet Emily Reed, an Indiana native who becomes state librarian of Alabama and finds her life and livelihood at risk when a controversial children’s book crosses her desk. This innocent tale of a white rabbit marrying a black rabbit angers politicians in the civil rights era. Will the librarian give in to demands to burn the book? Find out October 25 to November 17 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Because we are a sponsor of this production, all KVML members can receive discounted tickets (any day but Wednesdays). Contact us at [email protected], and we’ll give you the code. Not a member but want to join for this and many other KVML benefits? Go here. For more information on the play click here.



Events from Noon to 10 pm. Tickets required.


Winter Hours: October 1 to March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours: April 1 to September 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Closed on major holidays. 


  • KVML Members: FREE
  • Adults: $12
  • Active Military, Veterans, and Seniors: $11
  • Children (ages 5-17) & College Students with ID: $7
  • Pre-school (ages 4 & under): FREE
  • Blue Monday Special – FREE for All on First Monday of Every Month!


[email protected]
(317) 652-1954
Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
543 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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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.