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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.  

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
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

 

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    Riley Chastain
    November 18, 2015

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    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.

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    Bo Meagher
    November 17, 2015

    Bo Meagher is a lover and a fighter. He cuddled... More

    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.

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    Bob Yenna
    November 16, 2015

    Congratulations to Bob Yenna on receiving the 2015 Dr.... More

    Bob Yenna November 16, 2015

    Congratulations to Bob Yenna on receiving the 2015 Dr. Morris Green Champion for Children Award.

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    2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video
    November 13, 2015

    2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video presented by... More

    2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video November 13, 2015

    2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Finale Video presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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    2015 Hope Happens Here Luncheon Recap
    November 13, 2015

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2015... More

    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.

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    2015 The Gift of Hope Happens Here Commercial
    November 9, 2015

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    2015 The Gift of Hope Happens Here Commercial November 9, 2015

    #GiveHope at RileyKids.org this holiday season.

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    Thank you IUDM!
    November 2, 2015

    Thank you Indiana University Dance Marathon for 25 years... More

    Thank you IUDM! November 2, 2015

    Thank you Indiana University Dance Marathon for 25 years of continuous support!

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    Riley Dance Marathon Promo
    October 8, 2015

    Riley Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that... More

    Riley Dance Marathon Promo October 8, 2015

    Riley Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that supports Riley Hospital for Children through year-round fundraising efforts. The fundraising culminates in a multi-hour event where students are awake and on their feet to honor the kids we serve. The Riley Dance Marathon program is the largest and highest fundraising Dance Marathon program in the country. In the 2014-2015 school year, 76 Riley Dance Marathons raised more than $5.5 million dollars for Riley Hospital.

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    Hayden Dietz
    September 21, 2015

    When he was just a few months old, Hayden Dietz,... More

    Hayden Dietz September 21, 2015

    When he was just a few months old, Hayden Dietz, of Fort Wayne, was diagnosed at Riley Hospital for Children with a heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation, which was caused by a congenital heart defect. Hayden has had three open-heart surgeries at Riley, all performed by Riley Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon Mark Turrentine, M.D. Today, Hayden is doing well and continues follow-up appointments with Riley Pediatric Cardiologist Mark Hoyer, M.D. Hayden’s experiences have inspired his family. His grandmother, Valli Dietz, serves on the Northeast Indiana Riley Leadership Committee. Valli and her husband Dave also made a generous gift in support of Riley cardiology research that was combined with a retirement gift from Dave’s employer, Do it Best Hardware. As Valli explains, “If it wasn’t for Riley, Hayden wouldn’t be here.”

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    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.

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