Select Thursdays, May through October 2022, with tours beginning at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
• May 12
• June 23
• July 21
• August 25
• September 22
• October 20
Meet on the 2nd level of Indianapolis City Market and purchase a beverage for the tour at nearby Tomlinson Tap Room, before joining the guided descent into a site usually hidden from public view: the Catacombs, a Roman-looking expanse of brick arches beneath Whistler Plaza. Along the way, you’ll hear stories of two historic buildings, City Market and Tomlinson Hall.
Our Catacombs don’t have bones or crypts—at least none that we know of. But you will see scores of brick barrel-vaulted arches and experience two pieces of historic Indianapolis. The Catacombs are what remains of Tomlinson Hall (1886), an imposing building whose main hall seated more than 3,500 people. Tomlinson Hall burned in January 1958. The city took down the remains later that year and today an arch from the hall is all that remains above ground.
Document your experience by photographing yourself in the space, posing with props and sharing your images on social media with the tag #IndyCityMarketCatacombsTours.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and depart from near Tomlinson Tap Room on the 2nd level of Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market Street, Indianapolis.
Parking: Click here for a detailed map of the area to help find parking.
Please note: City Market Catacombs are an undeveloped historic asset and are not accessible for all guests. The Catacombs feature a very rough, uneven dirt floor. The tour is not navigable for guests with walkers, canes, or wheelchairs. We recommend closed-toed shoes. Alert to people with breathing sensitivities: the Catacombs are a musty, sometimes damp area. Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability to take the Catacombs tour. All tourgoers must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose during the tour when not actively enjoying a beverage.