We invite you to step back in time and learn about the namesake of Riley Hospital for Children by visiting the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in the historic Lockerbie neighborhood of Indianapolis.
The country’s only late-Victorian preservation is a National Historic Landmark which offers visitors a glimpse into the life of the great Hoosier Poet. Authentic furnishings and artifacts include Mr. Riley’s writing desk and his famous top hat and cane.
Now Registering - Creative Writing Summer Camp!
June 13 – 17 and Aug 1 – 5, 2016
Two sessions each week: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m – 4 p.m.
Cost: $100 per session
Grades 2 – 8
Hosted by education entertainer Chadwick Gillenwater, campers will discover their artistic muse through creative writing workshops. James Whitcomb Riley will also be portrayed by Gillenwater as campers celebrate the literacy legacy of the famous Hoosier poet at his former residence in beautiful Historic Lockerbie. Register or get your questions answered by contacting Chris Mize at 317-808-8565 or CMize@RileyKids.org.
Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center
The Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center, dedicated in June 2014, is modeled after the home’s original carriage house. The 3,000 square foot center provides a comfortable space to view videos about Mr. Riley and participate in educational activities. It also features a small gift shop, two meeting rooms, a full kitchen and modern restroom facilities.
The Museum Home and Visitor Center make beautiful venues for small weddings, corporate events, luncheons and meetings. Up to 60 guests can be accommodated in the Visitor Center, and 100 guests can comfortably fit beneath a tent on the picturesque Victorian-style lawn. To discuss hosting your event with us, contact Chris Mize at (317) 808-8565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to watch a video and learn more about what this space has to offer.
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Visitor Center Address
528 Lockerbie Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Hours of Operation
Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Closed on holidays and the first two weeks in January.
Reservations are requested for groups larger than six. Please call 317.631.5885.
Students (ages 7–17) $1
Free admission for children 6 and under
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Race For Riley Celebrates 20 Years July 21, 2016
First held in 1997, Race for Riley has made a tremendous impact on Riley donating over $3 million. Thanks to the Race for Riley committee, including co-founder John Andretti, for their continuous commitment.×
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Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center July 13, 2016
Searching for a beautiful event space in downtown Indianapolis? Look no further than the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center located in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood. Visit RileyMuseumHome.org for more information.×
2016 Riley Cancer Center Prom May 16, 2016
More than 250 patients, family members and staff from Riley Hospital for Children danced the night away at Riley Cancer Center Prom on Friday, May 6. Each year, the Riley Cancer Center sees an average of about 200 new patients and 350 ongoing patients - a majority of the pediatric cancer patients in the state. This evening was a time to dance, enjoy yummy food and have some "Winter Wonderland" fun. A special thank you to Women for Riley for once again organizing this amazing event.×
May is for Miracles May 6, 2016
Jennifer Lopez is a longtime supporter of children’s health. Therefore, she understands the importance of supporting children’s hospitals throughout the country including Riley Hospital for Children. She is helping pursue a singular goal: Making children’s hospitals the #1 cause in North America.×
Riley Chastain November 18, 2015
On March 9, 2015, Riley Marie Chastain became one of fewer than 20 babies ever delivered in a Riley Hospital for Children operating room. She had a 10 percent chance of survival. Her heart surgeon had just minutes to save her life. Riley defied incredible odds and we celebrate the hope you provide to grateful families like hers.×
Bo Meagher November 17, 2015
Bo Meagher is a lover and a fighter. He cuddled with Riley Hospital staff members before ringing the bell to celebrate his completion of treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). You give hope to children like Bo by helping Riley physicians scientists use genetic sequencing to uncover more precise and effective treatments. We celebrate Bo as we watch and reflect on his Riley journey.×
Bob Yenna November 16, 2015
Congratulations to Bob Yenna on receiving the 2015 Dr. Morris Green Champion for Children Award.×
2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video November 13, 2015
2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP.×
2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Recap November 13, 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon. We truly appreciate your support and enjoyed celebrating with you.×
2015 The Gift of Hope Happens Here Commercial November 9, 2015
#GiveHope at RileyKids.org this holiday season.×