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General Lew Wallace Study and Museum

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Address: 200 Wallace Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone Number:
+1 765-362-5769
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and...

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and 2008 winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, features General Wallace’s personal Study, a unique building situated on over 3.5 acres of park-like land; his 1870 Carriage House, now an interpretive center and exhibit hall; and original memorabilia from throughout his life and career as a soldier, statesman, and the celebrated author of Ben-Hur, the best selling novel of the 19th century.

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A very unique site!

We took a little fall trip to get away from it all. We stayed at a B&B in Yountsville and toured Crawfordsville. We were not aware of the Ben Hur-Crawfordsville connection and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We took a little fall trip to get away from it all. We stayed at a B&B in Yountsville and toured Crawfordsville. We were not aware of the Ben Hur-Crawfordsville connection and Lew Wallace! The introduction movie was excellent, the staff and guide were superb and the grounds beautiful. The trees were changing color, adding to the beauty. What a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Spent and interesting hour with a very knowledgeable guide who knew all about the General. Good place for anyone who appreciates Ben Hur.

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Cloverdale, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I visited twice in June with a group of school children grades 4-8. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The General Lew Harris study it is such an interesting place. It is not a large place by any means, but there is so much packed in to this building. The general had many different careers throughout his life. He was a lawyer, a writer and minister to Turkey just to name a few. As another reviewer said this is... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

This is a very interesting place to visit - just an hour from Indianapolis. Author (Ben Hur), musician, artist, politician, military man - what an astonishing life. He attended the dedication of The Monument in Indy along with other celebrities, and his bust was moved from The English Opera House and Hotel to D.C. The statue in the yard is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Although we knew of General Lew Wallace's role in the Civil War and the writing of Ben Hur, we soon learned he was a very diverse, unique and interesting fellow. The tour starts in the carriage house/ticket office where you can view a video about General Wallace and his family. A guided tour of his study provides a glimpse of... More 

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

People remember Lew Wallace for writing Ben Hur. But his study, where he wrote it, tells so much more about his place in history, how the small town of Crawfordsville had people that did so much to affect the world. Although he isn't, his horse is buried on the grounds. Explore the grounds especially at the TASTE, a fund raising... More 

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Waterloo, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

When we walked into the study I was astonished by it's pure beauty. General Lew Wallace knew exactly what he wanted in his study and it's amazing. The man who wrote Ben-Hur put in a forty foot high rotunda room complete with a fire place and a great library of books. The rotunda has been beautifully restored and there are... More 

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

This newly restored museum represents the importance of our historic places. We always recommend that our Yountsville Mill- INN B & B guests visit the Lew Wallace Study.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

Lew Wallace's claim to fame was Ben-hur, though it was certainly only one of his many accomplishments. The study and library tour guide really sold me on what an absolute genius the man was! Though the building is small and really does not require a lot of time to see, be sure to allow at least an hour to get... More 

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