Hilbert Conservatory
White River Gardens

Hilbert Conservatory

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Renovations are currently underway in the Hilbert Conservatory. It will reopen as butterflies return this spring.

No matter what the season, the Hilbert Conservatory offers the ultimate urban escape all year round! Enjoy a tropical paradise filled with beautiful blooms and lush greenery.

This amazing retreat is located right in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, and it’s a great place to relax for a midday getaway or a nearby weekend adventure.

The warm, aromatic indoor garden features 5,000 square feet of lush, tropical greenery. The 65-foot ceilings flood the space with light, and the mezzanine level provides a bird’s eye view of the glorious gardens below as well as stunning view of the natural beauty of the outdoor DeHaan Tiergarten. With its gleaming shape visible in the night sky, the Conservatory is an architectural complement to the downtown skyline.

Inside the Conservatory, look for the exotic palm trees, flowering plantscapes and a small fish pond. The blown glass windows along the entrance of the Conservatory, which were created by glass artist Dave McLary, offer a beautiful transition to the space while the center font by sculptor Dale Enochs provides the gentle sounds of flowing water.

This beautiful space will inspire you to bring the outdoors inside your own home!

Host your next event at the beautiful Hilbert Conservatory!

Whether it is a company party, boardroom meeting or wedding, the Hilbert Conservatory is perfect to host your next event. The Hulman Riverhouse, located inside the Hilbert Conservatory, gives guests a beautiful view of downtown Indianapolis and the White River. Events held in the evening receive exclusive access to the Grand Hallway, outdoor terrace and Schaefer Rotunda. Catering and A/V options are also available for events.


The option to buy out the Hilbert Conservatory and White Rivers Gardens for your event is also available. Learn more about hosting your next event in the Hilbert Conservatory.

Hilbert Conservatory
Butterfly Kaleidoscope
Returning in March 2019

The Hilbert Conservatory is also home to the popular seasonal exhibit. Returning in the spring of 2019, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies inside our lush, tropical paradise!

Buy tickets and see the botanical beauty!

The Hilbert Conservatory is included with regular Zoo admission.