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~ Special December Hours ~                             


Lunch at the Propylaeum: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 2:00pmdining pictures

Reservations are recommended.  Please call 317-638-7881.


Tea at the Propylaeum: Afternoon Tea served on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:00pm

 Afternoon Tea is served with three teas, a tower of three different sandwiches, freshly baked scones and an assortment of decadent treats.

 Adults $18.00, Childrem 6 to 12 years $9.00 & 2-5 years $6.00 (tax & gratuity not included.)

 Tea Reservations required at least 24 hours in advance  ~ Reservation cancellations /changes at least 24 hours in advance.

Afternoon Tea menu may be ordered during luncheon hours 11-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday by reservation only . 

For additional tea days please see information below under "Afternoon Tea with the Queen"



The Indianapolis Propylaeum is the perfect location for

weddings & special events with 150 or fewer guests.

Our mansion, carriage house, and property are wonderful backdrops for every special occasion.

Please contact our Event Coordinator, Elizabeth Turner, at 317.638.7881 (option #5),

regarding date availability and rental fees.


Through December 31, .2014, catering at the Propylaeum may be contacted by visiting
 Click on "Coming in 2015" for information regarding
our new events here at the Prop.


Afternoon Tea with "The Queen"
$25per person (plus tax and gratuity)

Celebrate the holidays by having tea with her majesty.   Get your picture taken and experience all the tea treats that are served at Buckingham Palace during the holidays.

Starts at 2:00pm Tuesday and Thursday Dec 1st  until Dec. 23

Saturday Dec. 6,13,20 11-1:30pm

Reservations are required!


Backwards Dinner with Santa


  1. Milk and Cookies  (Santa's Favorite)
  2. Dessert
  3. Holiday Entrees
  4. Soup or Salad
$18per adult (plus tax and gratuity)

$9 for kids under 15

Ho, Ho, Ho!  or is it  OH, OH, OH!

Spend a lovely Holiday time with a Backwards Dinner with Santa.

2pm on Sunday: 

  • December 7th -  

2pm on Saturday: 
  • December 13th  sold out
2pm Sunday
December 14 solout
December 21   limited space

5pm on Sunday:
  • December 14th  sold out
  •  December 21st   limited space

Many other backwards things.....Santa might even go up the Chimney Backwards!  Sure to make a holiday memory!


Reservations are required and LIMITED!
The Propylaeum
1410 North Delaware Street 
Indianapolis, IN 46202




  Dinner and Magic Show
$38per adult (plus tax and gratuity)

$100 Two adults and up to 4 children (12 and under)

Make your evening magical with dinner and a magic show, with fabulous magicians at the Signature (at the Propylaeum). Your meal is a three course dinner. Then a great hour dinner show featuring local magicians. Doors open One hour prior to the scheduled event
**** W A R N I N G ****
Magic shows are not appropriate for children 4 and under.
  • December 7th   5pm
Reservations are required!


  Mystery Dinners

$50 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Dinner conversation is never boring when one enjoys a meal and a "whodunit." Enjoy a five course dinner as all at the table assume new personas and attempt to solve the crime du jour.. Check out our menus and our plot lines. See if there is a little "Sherlock" in you. Tour the house starting at 6pm, dinner at 7:00pm and lasts about 3 hours. Each show takes place at The Indianapolis Propylaeum  and features one of the following themes: 
Reservations are required
Due  to sexual innuendoes, the mystery dinners are not appropriate for guests under 18. 
We offer teenage and youth dinners and lunches with a mystery format. 
Winning numbers for the trip to Scotland  are #442055,430862,442079, 266265  Winners will be contacted by the office



     Holiday Mystery   7pm

         December 12  sold out

           December 13  Sold out

          December 19 Sold out

          December 20  Sold out


New Year's Eve Mystery Theme  7pm

Dec. 26th Sold out 

Dec. 27th  sold out

Dec. 28th  sold out


Backwards Dinners


1. Choice of Homemade Cake or Pie

2. Chicken Breast ala Propylaeum, Propylaeum Beef Manhattan, or Four Cheese Stuffed Shells with Propylaeum Marinara, Smashed potatoes or Fresh Green Beans

3. Choice of strawberry salad, romaine salad or chicken velvet soup

$35for 2 people (plus tax and gratuity)

$60 for 4 people  |  $80 for 6 people

How do you spell desserts backwards... why "stressed" of course. Have some fun and let your family or friends learn some new etiquette lessons.

This dinner starts with the invitation to wear your clothing backwards, tour our Victorian guessed it backwards.......and enjoy a three course meal and the 30 points of etiquette....backwards. The utensils are in the wrong places, we start with dessert, but everything rights itself with a review and a placemat for everyone to keep at the end. Everyone will remember when all backwards items are "fixed"!

So if you are "distressed" with the manners at home, try this fun event that everyone will soon be talking about. 
Event starts at 4:00 pm. We have added 6:00 pm seating on dates where indicated.

  •  November 9th  sold out   4pm


Also see Backwards with Santa  for more dates


Please make sure to indicate the seating time, 4pm or 6pm.
Reservations are required!

Passport to France


We are accepting the 8 course wine dinner coupon for this event!
$76per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Come and get your "wine" passport to the fabulous wine regions in France. We have imported the best to the States and paired these special vintages with lovely French Cosine. Your eight course dinner and wines start with the aperitif and work to a wonderful dessert creation. Participants will be educated in the wines and the culinary delights while enjoying the atmosphere of our lovely Italian/Franco carriage house. Event starts at 7pm.
  • November 21st  Sold out
  • December 31st
Reservations are required!
Manners Matter
Soup, Salad, Entree, and Dessert all the while learning the proper use of utensils.
$60 for a table of up to 6 (plus tax and gratuity)
Grab your family and learn that Manners Matter!

A family of up to six participants experience a four course dinner learning all the techniques of initial impressions, presentation, chivalrous behavior, conversational topics, utensil usage and so much more.  This is a not to be missed class that is held in The Historic Carriage House at The Indianapolis Propylaeum (original home of the Indianapolis Children's Museum)   So recruit the participants and call for a reservation.  You will not regret that you took this very important step.  Because Manners do Matter!

5:00 - 7:00 pm. Limited Seating

Reservations are required!

The Ultimate Mystery Dinner


$500 for 20 people (plus tax and gratuity)
These are Hard  to Solve and Exclusive!

If you love our mystery dinners, grab 19 others and try and solve crimes of the century.  These 20 character mysteries are played in our special Mystery Room.   Five course meal, scripts and all the fun of trying to be the investigators.  Everyone has one part and you play as a group.

Days and Times are limited in THE Mystery Room

Call for availability and shhhhhh topics!

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