Welcome to the YMCA at the Athenaeum!

YMCA at the Athenaeum

401 E. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 685-9705


Center Hours

Sunday8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Thursday5:00am – 9:00pm
Friday5:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday - Friday9:30am – 12:30pm
Sunday8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Friday5:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 7:00pm

Center Holiday Schedules & Hours

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Center Amenities

  • Wellness Center (Our Wellness Center includes free weights, Cybex® strength equipment, and an array of cardiovascular equipment.)
  • Free Wallet/Purse Lockers for Valuables
  • 1,000 sq. ft. of Free Weights
  • Coed Sauna
  • 3 Multi-Purpose Rooms, including Aerobic Studio, Cycle Studio, and Loft Studio
  • Kit Lockers Available for Rent

Facility Benefits

  • Play & Learn (Available for children on a Household Membership. Babysitting hours may also be purchased.)
  • Free Downtown Parking (For members and program members while using the YMCA. Located one block away with monthly parking tag available at front desk. Three-hour parking limit. Metered street parking is also available.)
  • Silver Sneakers® Fitness Program
  • LiveSTRONG program
  • Half Day Preschool
  • Friendly Staff & Service
  • IndyGo Bus Route #3

Center Parking


Parking options for the YMCA at the Athenaeum

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. 1,2021 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.

Athenaeum parking map

Nearby Parking Lots and Indoor Garages:

      Penrose on Mass

      Old National Centre Main Lot

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:


Indiana Pacers Bikeshare


We know you love having convenient access to 3 Downtown Indy YMCAs. Please read on to learn more about the parking options available at the other Downtown YMCA locations.

Parking options for the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay

The Irsay Family YMCA can be a very popular place! Please see the map and additional information on available parking options for your convenience while using your YMCA. Please note that there is a strict 3 hour parking limit.

Eli Lilly Visitor Lot #98: Y members have access to Eli Lilly’s visitor parking lot at no charge during busy evenings and weekends.

Weeknights: FREE 4 – 10 p.m.   Weekends: FREE during YMCA hours

Paid City Street Parking: Nearby metered street parking is also available. Charges may apply.

Parking is strictly prohibited in the marked Franciscan CityWay parking spaces to be respectful of patients of Franciscan.

Important Updates

During the week of August 17-21, the parking gates to the Irsay Family YMCA will be offline while new gates are installed. Members can still parking in the lot during this time.

Once this upgrade is completed, members of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will be required to have their YMCA membership card in order utilize the Irsay Family YMCA parking lot. Validation tickets will no longer be given out. A membership card will be required for free parking.

How to use the Irsay Family Y parking lot: 
  1. Scan your YMCA of Greater Indianapolis membership card at the parking lot entrance gate.
  2. Scan your membership card at the hospitality desk inside the Irsay Family YMCA.
  3. Scan your membership card at the parking lot exit gate. Failure to complete with step will result in parking charges.

The YMCA parking lot is meant for Y members while using the Irsay Family YMCA. This new process will allow us to better protect the integrity of the parking lot and allow for only those actively using the YMCA to park in the lot rather than using parking spots for other activities and events downtown.

We ask all members to make sure they have an active YMCA membership card. For ease of use, we recommend adding your YMCA membership card to the YMCA WTN app for Apple or Android, MINDBODY app for Apple or Android or another keycard app on your smartphone. If you need a replacement card, please visit the member services desk: Monday -Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM, Saturday from 8 AM – 4 PM or Sunday from Noon – 4 PM with a valid photo ID to obtain a replacement card.



YMCA Nationwide members and YMCA guests:
Due to the limitations set in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guest pass sales and redemption and Nationwide Membership access are temporarily suspended. Please continue to check the YMCA’s Reopening Guide for updates.

Parking options for the YMCA at the City Market

Parking is available at the Market District Garage located at 101 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN  46204

  1. Enter the garage from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. via East Street or New Jersey Street
  2. Pull a white ticket from the machine as you enter, leave that in your car
    • All spots that do not have a yellow Artistry tag are available
  3. Please request a parking voucher when leaving the YMCA at the City Market *Voucher is good for two (2) hours
  4. Place the voucher and the white ticket in the machine as you leave the garage
    • There is a well-lit walkway on Market Street that leads to the YMCA at the City Market (Alabama St. and Market St.)

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, paired with the newest, 87,000-square-foot Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay.