Welcome to the Monkey House!

MISSION STATEMENT
We champion the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut and the principles of
free expression and common decency.



There’s No Place Like Home!

Courtesy of IBJ/Jeff Newman

Dear KVML Family,

We’ve come a long way since March 1 when we told you about raising $1.5 million to buy a new home  for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

And in that time, thanks to generous contributors, we’ve raised all but $316,000!

We desperately want to be able to share a “Save the Date” for our grand opening this fall, but we still need to raise that remaining $316,000 to reach our goal and secure additional funding! We are down to the wire: If we raise the full million by May 15, we will be considered for an additional $500,000 grant to help us purchase the building and complete the build-out.

If you have ever thought about supporting the work we do, now is the time.

You can even budget your payments over the next four years! Just think: An annual gift of $500, set up as recurring payments, is less than $42 a month! Or this: If 316 people out of our 40,000 Facebook friends to give $250 per year for 4 years, we’d have our new building. That’s under $21 per month! Want to learn more? Click here.

Whatever you can give will make the difference!

So, please go to vonnegutlibrary.org and donate online, or call us at (317) 652-1954 to talk about your gift.

We know you want to see a Kurt Vonnegut Forever Home, and we want to give you the opportunity to donate in a way that is most comfortable for you. If you prefer to pay your donation over time, simply click on this link to download the form, print it, fill it out, and send it via email to [email protected] OR our mail at:

Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
P.O. Box 441245
Indianapolis, IN 46244-9998

The addresses are even listed on the form for your convenience. Thank you for helping Kurt get his forever home!

Hopefully by the next newsletter, we’ll have an actual date for you to save next fall for our anticipated opening. We know we can do this…with a little more help from our friends. Thank you!





Slaughterhouse-50th Anniversary

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 masterpiecewe are undertaking one of the boldest programmatic efforts in our history.

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A Night with Lewis Black and Friends to Benefit the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Join Lewis Black, Nanette Vonnegut, David Brancaccio, Dan Simon, and Julia Whitehead, the Founder and CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) for a reception to benefit the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library on May 1st from 6-8 p.m. at West Bank Café in Manhattan. Hear their entertaining thoughts on Vonnegut while you learn about the exciting developments for the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut while advocating for free expression and common decency.

KVML houses Vonnegut’s personal artifacts, including his typewriter, reading glasses, Purple Heart, artwork, and more. The organization is not just a museum, it works directly with prisoners, veterans, teachers, students, free speech advocates, general readers, and others to create a special community of socially conscious do-gooders and rabble-rousers.

KVML must raise $1 million by May 15th to engage in the other funding discussions that will help the organization buy its dream building and perform the build-out needed to open to the public in September. KVML is undertaking a “50-State Strategy” to engage audiences all over the country in support of this important national cause.

Here in the year of the 50th Anniversary of Slaughterhouse-Five, the year that KVML is giving away 86,000 copies of the book to Indiana students, come show your support for the man who made your formative years better, Kurt Vonnegut.



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

Contact Us: 

[email protected]

(317) 423-0391

Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
P.O. Box 441245
Indianapolis, IN 46204-9998



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.
Closed Wednesdays

*Please note: The gift shop will close at 2:00 p.m. on 4/11/2019 in preparation for Night of Vonnegut




Become a member of the Karass!

Donate to KVML and help us continue to bring Kurt Vonnegut and his ideals to the world.

Your support helps fund our new building and programs such as Banned Books Week, VonnegutFest, Teacher Workshops, School Outreach, and so much more. Please consider donating today.

Karass Membership

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.