IMS Museum’s 2019 “Month of May” Hours Begin May 4 for Track Activity Days

Plan Ahead to See the Museum’s Incredible Exhibits and the Speedway’s Exciting INDYCAR GP, 103rd Indy 500 Activities; Please Note Early Closure for Private Event on May 25

A friendly reminder to the thousands of visitors planning to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum during the 2019 “Month of May:” Starting with the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 4, the IMS Museum’s public hours will mirror the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s public gate hours, except Saturday afternoon, May 25.

(Click HERE for a downloadable, printer-friendly copy of the Museum’s May hours.)

The “ICON” exhibit is a journey thru global motorsports history.

The IMS Museum is full – literally and figuratively – of global motorsports history this month. The Museum’s featured exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON” presented by Shell V-Power Nitro+ Premium Gasoline, opened to rave reviews on May 1 and runs through November 10.

The mini-exhibit, “Team Penske’s First 500,” showcases the team’s rich history at IMS through IndyCar Series cars and NASCAR Cup Series stock cars, and four of Andretti Autosport’s Indianapolis 500-winning cars, including Dan Wheldon’s 2005 winner and Alexander Rossi’s 100th Indianapolis 500-winning car, are at the Museum.

Adjusted hours are in effect only on track activity days leading up to and including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, including Race Day for the NTT IndyCar Series’ INDYCAR GP. On days without track activity (except May 23), the Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET).

The 2019 “Month of May” days with adjusted IMS Museum public hours are as follows; Indianapolis is in the Eastern time zone, and the schedule is subject to change:

Date Track Activity IMS Museum Hours (ET)
May 4 500 Festival Mini-Marathon 12:30-5 p.m.
May 10 NTT IndyCar Series Practice (IMS road course) 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 11 INDYCAR Grand Prix 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 14 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge Practice 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 15 Practice 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 16 Practice 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 17 Practice, “Fast Friday” 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 18 Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 19 Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying 9 a.m.-6p.m.
May 20 Practice Noon-5p.m.
May 23 IMS Hall of Fame Day (track closed) 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 24 Miller Lite Carb Day 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 25 Firestone Legends Day 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.*
May 26 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

*Early closure due to private event. The Retail Gift Shops and Photo Shop in the Museum building will remain open until 5 p.m.

For all NTT IndyCar Series track activity days, visitors must present an INDYCAR GP or Indianapolis 500 event credential, or purchase an event admission ticket, to access the Museum, due to its location within the IMS grounds. The regular IMS Museum admission fee also applies.

A printable, PDF version of the schedule is available on the IMS Museum website,, where Museum hours are listed, and also at the online version of this press release. Just click on the “Latest News” tab and scroll down to find the release.


About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the  Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.

Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.

For more information on the IMS Museum, please visit, contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.