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.
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 email@example.com.
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
In This Section
A Child Life Moment November 17, 2017
Check out this child life moment with Andrew and Kathleen.×
Meet Orion November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Orion this holiday season.×
Meet Caiden November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Caiden this holiday season.×
Meet Harry November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Harry this holiday season.×
Meet Colton November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Colton this holiday season.×
Meet Caroline November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Caroline this holiday season.×
Meet Josephine November 1, 2017
Support Riley kids like Josephine this holiday season.×
How Riley Research Saved Josh's Life October 4, 2017
Watch how a boy with a life-threatening heart defect became healthy enough to run cross country.×
Caiden's Musical Send-Off! July 18, 2017
Six-month-old Caiden Rogers went home from the hospital for the first time in his life with a singing send-off. Mom Shakiyla Rogers says of Riley, “If we didn’t come here, he wouldn’t have made it.”×
Meet Ava Richards June 6, 2017
7-year old Ava Richards and her dad talk about living with type 1 diabetes.×