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.
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 Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center, including the Dr. George and Peggy Rapp Grand Foyer, offers impeccable ambiance and amenities for your event. The space can host small weddings, corporate gatherings, luncheons and community groups. Up to 60 guests can be accommodated in the Visitor Center, and 110 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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2016 Gift of Hope Happens Here Commercial November 9, 2016
Join us this holiday season and give hope to all of our Riley kids.×
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Join Fifth Third Bank and Indiana Blood Center this holiday season and give hope to our Riley kids.×
Meet Brielle Hapner October 12, 2016
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Victory For Riley August 8, 2016
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Race For Riley Celebrates 20 Years July 21, 2016
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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.×