Welcome to the YMCA at the Athenaeum family!

YMCA at the Athenaeum

401 E. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 685-9705


In the historic Athenaeum building located just off Mass Ave in the heart of the city, the YMCA at the Athenaeum is the place to be!

Originally opened in 1993, the “Y @ the A” has gone through many changes, resulting in the wonderfully unique center we are today. With a wide variety of cardio equipment, large free weight area, assortment of great group exercise classes, and superior child care and preschool program, the YMCA at the Athenaeum is a perfect fit for all ages. In addition, we also offer Active Older Adult specific exercise classes, and a variety of other youth programs, wellness advisor, and personal training.

We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, and building a friendly neighborhood community for all. We guarantee our center is unlike any YMCA you have ever been a part of!

The historical YMCA at the Athenaeum is apart of the most eclectic downtown Y’s in the country, the YMCA at the City Market, and the newest, 87,000-square-foot Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay.



Center Hours

Sunday8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Friday5:00am – 7:00pm
Reduced Weekday Hours
Saturday7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday - Thursday8:00am – 12:00pm
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Thursday5:00am – 10:00pm
Friday5:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 7:00pm

Center Holiday Schedules & Hours

  • Easter Sunday
    Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 12): CLOSED
  • Memorial Day
    Memorial Day (Monday, May 25): 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Independence Day
    Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4): 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Labor Day
    Labor Day (Monday, September 7): 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26): CLOSED
  • Christmas Schedule
    Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24): 5:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25): CLOSED
  • New Year's Schedule
    New Year's Eve (Monday, December 31): 5:00 am – 3:00 pm
    New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1): 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Center Amenities

  • Wellness Center (Our Wellness Center includes free weights, Cybex® equipment, and an array of cardiovascular equipment.)
  • Play and Learn (Available for children on a Household Membership. Babysitting hours may also be purchased.)
  • Free Wallet/Purse Lockers for Valuables
  • Free Parking (Located in lot east of the building for members and program members while using the YMCA. Three hour parking limit. Metered street parking is also available.)
  • Silver Sneakers® Fitness Program
  • 1,000 sq. ft. of Free Weights
  • Free Shower and Hand Towels
  • Coed Sauna
  • 3 Multi-Purpose Rooms
  • Kit Lockers Available for Rent
  • Friendly Staff & Service
  • IndyGo Bus Route #3

Facility Rentals

Looking for and eclectic and unique downtown venue to host your next birthday party, meeting, team builder or conference? Look no further than the YMCA at the Athenaeum!

Located in the historic Athenaeum building just off Mass Ave in the heart of the city, the YMCA at the Athenaeum is the place to be. Hosting your next event here is sure to keep your guests talking for years to come. We guarantee our center is unlike any YMCA you have ever seen!

We have rental options for every occasion; professional lunch and learns, private parties, family gatherings, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and non-profits. Our convenient downtown Indy location puts you close to nearby hotels and restaurants, so planning your meeting or event has never been easier!

Small Conference Room

  • Available for meetings or small presentations
  • 15 seated or 25-30 standing
  • A/V capabilities (renter provides equipment)
  • Tables and chairs available

We also host birthday parties in our conference room plus our group exercise room that includes usage of play mats for the kids!

For more information on rentals and parties, please contact Tory David at 317.713.8562.

Center Parking

Your parking experience at the YMCA at the Athenaeum is important to us and we want to make you aware of temporary changes to our parking. Starting Saturday, Feb. 1 the parking lot on the east side of the YMCA at the Athenaeum will be closed for approximately 18 months for the construction of an exciting new development project. The current surface lot owned by the Athenaeum Foundation is closed for the construction. When finished, the YMCA will have designated parking in the new garage.



During construction, free three-hour parking will be available to YMCA while using the YMCA at the Athenaeum facility. This parking option is located in the Old National Centre North lot directly behind the English Foundation building just two blocks away. A specialty YMCA parking tag will be needed before parking in this lot and can be collected at the member services desk of the YMCA at the Athenaeum.

There are also several nearby parking options for members and guests coming to the YMCA. Please see below for a list of nearby parking options and their locations.

Nearby Parking Lots and Indoor Garages:

Nearby Metered Street Parking:

  • E. Michigan St., including across the street from the Y at the Athenaeum
  • N. New Jersey St.
  • Mass Ave.
  • N. East St.

Other Options:

Athenaeum parking map