Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor.

In honor of his wit and wisdom, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library champions the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library and museum serves as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation.

What to see at the Museum and Library

Sit hunched over the same model of typewriter Kurt Vonnegut pecked away on, and we’ll Tweet out your musings to our supporters.

See Vonnegut’s drawings and doodles, his actual typewriter, Purple Heart and other intimate belongings generously loaned by his family.

View photos from family, friends and fans that reveal the man as he lived: lounging, laughing and languidly contemplating the universes inside his head.

Browse items from the Kevin Scherr Collection: first editions of every Vonnegut novel, several signed editions, adapted films and more.

Ponder rejection letters received from editors. One even claimed that Vonnegut’s Dresden firebombing account was “not quite compelling enough.”

Rest a spell and listen to what friends and colleagues have to say about Vonnegut and his work on our large touch screen.

Learn about the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library:

“We are what we pretend to be.”

Thanks to generous and kind donors and volunteers, the library continues Kurt Vonnegut’s fight against censorship and supports language and visual arts education through programs and outreach activities such as:

  • Teaching Vonnegut
  • Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Cox Vonnegut Writing Awards
  • Banned Books Week
  • So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
  • Night of Vonnegut
  • VonnegutFest
  • Vonnegut Sessions
  • IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour
  • School tours and partnerships
  • Original exhibits and art shows
  • Traveling speakers and a traveling exhibit that you can request for your own local venues.

We also honor Kurt Vonnegut’s military career and his honest portrayal of war in novels by reaching out to veterans through writing workshops, Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day panels, a veterans’ book discussion group, exhibits by soldier-artists and more.

Come see us! Our staff is waiting to give you a one-of-a-kind tour.