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James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

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528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3617
+1 317-631-5885
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

They have worked hard on restoring and keeping this house looking beautiful. It's been many years since I've visited and I think it's time for another visit to see what's changed. It's worth taking about an hour to tour the house and learn about James...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

I actually knew very little about Mr. James Whitcomb Riley but do love historic houses so I figured why not stop by. There was a short film about his life prior to my tour which was informative as a baseline for the tour itself. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 27 August 2018

My son's 4th grade Honor class visited here and it was very interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

This home was occupied by the famous poet James Whitcomb Riley. Many of the furnishings are original, and there are two floors to tour; there is also a nearby visitor center. You can watch the film on the Internet and save yourself time at the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Darwin P
Reviewed 24 January 2018

This historic two-story brick home located in the quaint Lockerbie Square Historic District was not the birthplace of poet James Whitcomb Riley, but where he lived in a rented room as an adult when he penned his famous works. Most of Riley's household items are...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank jason d
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We fit this visit in during a quick trip to Indiana and we’re so glad we did. The home has been a museum for almost 100 years. Nearly everything in it is as it was when the poet passed away. The home is gorgeous and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank JennaS434
Reviewed 20 October 2017

It's a beautiful home with rich history in a gorgeous neighborhood. What more could one want? We parked for free infront of the home, rand the door bell for our guide, went to the visitor's center in the back for the video, then our tour...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Emily A
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy touring historical homes, this one is beautiful. We did not know much about James Whitcomb Riley, but a short video beforehand and our knowledge guide helped remedy that. Our guide Chris was wonderful. He knew all the details of the home and...More

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank lauriehendrix
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

A really great house to tour! All of the furnishings are original! The family was very well off for the time period. The neighborhood is a great place to drive through.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank rogerbhou
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I am a big fan of the old Victorian houses with tall windows and high ceilings. This house is doubly cool because it has a lot of the original furnishings, carpets, crockery and kitchen appliances preserved. The ceilings are 12 ft, windows are draped in...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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