Skip Content
AboutUs_MuseumHome.jpg
"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.  

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 catering kitchen and modern restroom facilities. 

The Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center
The Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center

Event Rentals

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 cmize@rileykids.org

 

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

 

In This Section

  • Watch this Video

    Thank you Jeff Gordon!
    July 24, 2015

    Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and five-time... More

    Thank you Jeff Gordon! July 24, 2015

    Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon continues his support of pediatric cancer research at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. On July 23, Gordon announced his 24th gift to Indiana’s only comprehensive and nationally ranked children’s research hospital. Gordon, founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, has now contributed $3.8 million to Riley Hospital for Children.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    2015 Riley Cancer Center Prom
    May 8, 2015

    The sixth annual Riley Cancer Center Prom took place on... More

    2015 Riley Cancer Center Prom May 8, 2015

    The sixth annual Riley Cancer Center Prom took place on Friday, May 1. More than 350 patients, family members and staff from Riley Hospital were able to enjoy an evening of dancing, food and circus fun. A special thank you to Women for Riley for helping put on this amazing event.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Happy Mother's Day
    May 7, 2015

    Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing... More

    Happy Mother's Day May 7, 2015

    Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing Riley mothers.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Put Your Money Where The Miracles Are
    May 1, 2015

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals officially announced... More

    Put Your Money Where The Miracles Are May 1, 2015

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals officially announced its newest spokesperson: Jennifer Lopez. The actress, musician, and mom of twins is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals and 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.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Riley License Plates Commercial
    March 12, 2015

    30 Second Riley License Plates Commercial... More

    Riley License Plates Commercial March 12, 2015

    30 Second Riley License Plates Commercial

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    2015 Riley Champions
    December 1, 2014

    Meet our amazing 2015 Riley Champions: LaDavion Jones,... More

    2015 Riley Champions December 1, 2014

    Meet our amazing 2015 Riley Champions: LaDavion Jones, 11, Evansville Camille Kerlin, 17, Warsaw Abbie Laker, 17, Zionsville Austin McGowan, 21, South Bend Addison Misch, 12, Markle Rex Stillions, 18, Bloomington Emma Stumpf, 12, Greenwood Rosie Tarlton, 17, Anderson

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Riley Hospital Tour
    November 13, 2014

    Join us for an extended tour of Riley Hospital for... More

    Riley Hospital Tour November 13, 2014

    Join us for an extended tour of Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana's only nationally-ranked children's hospital.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    The Gift of Hope Happens Here
    November 13, 2014

    2014-15 Gift of Hope Happens Here commercial... More

    The Gift of Hope Happens Here November 13, 2014

    2014-15 Gift of Hope Happens Here commercial.

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Donor Spotlight - Tom Wood Foundation, Bob and Helen Haddad
    October 13, 2014

    Donor Spotlight - Tom Wood Foundation, Bob and Helen Haddad... More

    Donor Spotlight - Tom Wood Foundation, Bob and Helen Haddad October 13, 2014

    Donor Spotlight - Tom Wood Foundation, Bob and Helen Haddad

    ×
  • Watch this Video

    Cancer Spotlight - Wes Corbin
    October 13, 2014

    Cancer Spotlight - Wes Corbin... More

    Cancer Spotlight - Wes Corbin October 13, 2014

    Cancer Spotlight - Wes Corbin

    ×