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"It was fabulous, interesting, and breathtaking. The entire house was absolutely amazing. You guys have created a time machine! Keep up the good work!” - Stacey Hiner, Riley Museum Home Guest

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. Visit www.RileyMuseumHome.org for more information. 

Educational Tours and Opportunities

We now offer workshops designed to address specific Indiana state education standards as part of the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home student tour experiences. Click here for a brochure.

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. 

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The Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center

Event Rentals

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 cmize@rileykids.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.

Admission

Students (ages 7–17) $1
Adults   $4
Free admission for children 6 and under

Phone: 317.631.5885
Email: rileyhome@rileykids.org

 

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