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“Very nice Presidential house!”

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Ranked #15 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 20 July 2014

My family (myself, wife, mother-in-law, 4 children ages 17,14,9,7) travels every summer. We have visited many presidential homes. This was our last stop on a 19 day 9 state trip across our great country. The house and tour were excellent. Tours are on the hour and half hour. We had a very knowledgeable recent college grad (Purdue) as our tour guide. She did a nice job taking us through all 3 floors of this house for the 90 minute tour. She knew the answers to everything that we asked and she was also funny with our young children. I loved that we were able to walk into just about every room in the house, most of the rooms were not roped off. A lot of the furnishings were original from the Harrison's. It really was a very thorough tour with some interesting pieces, collections and information. Our tour guide also had a lot of information on Harrison's grandfather, William Henry Harrison. This is a tour not to be missed if you enjoy history and presidential homes.

3  Thank darrin5
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Beautiful home, as previous trip advisors said, lots of interesting and original items that belong to Pres. Harrison and his family. You get to visit all three floors of the house and actually walk though the rooms for up close look. Makes you feel like you really new them.

We have been though many Presidential homes and this is one of our all time favorites.

Also there is a garden planted with several different varieties of antique peonies, some date back to the 1800's. They show how old each different variety is. They are not in bloom now, but still very interesting.

The guided house tours start at 10:00 and are on the hour and half hour and very reasonable, seniors $8.00, free parking.

6  Thank usroadrats
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Good tour but started late. Was supposed to start at 2:30 but didn't get going until almost 3. Nice house and informative tour.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Lucky for everyone, many of the original furnishings are in this house and are placed where they were when the Harrisons lived here. General and Mrs. would like feel right at home today. We had an extensive tour and asked lots of questions. We weren't rushed and our guide was just as helpful as can be. Mrs. Harrison is the only first lady to design her own presidential china, which is on display with some of Lincolns china. Ask them to play the wind-up music box for you. Keep an eye out for an original document with President Lincoln's signature on it, just weeks before his death
There are some steep stairs in the house but, not to worry, they have an elevator. Be sure to call in advance to find out when they are giving tours.

4  Thank Art-Roxanne
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Well preserved home of #23. Lots of interesting history of the wonderful furnishings, most of which were part of the Harrison family. Always love to see the actual books our president's read/collected, and there are many in the home. Guide was knowledgeable and able to answer most questions. This is basically a home/site tour only...didn't expect much Presidential "history" as this is not a library/museum and not much was offered. However, well worth the time to see how the Harrison's lived. There is no reason to get there early...there is no waiting area inside the home, and tours are given on the hour and half hour only. You literally ring the doorbell at that time and the guides let you in the front door. Steep steps...ask for the elevator to the upper floors.

Thank Klatz
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