Plan Your Visit

General Lew Wallace Study & Museum exteriorWelcome to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum!

Reopening the museum safely requires careful planning and preparation. The Museum wants to make our policies as clear as possible in order to best serve our visitors while protecting the safety of visitors and staff.

What to expect when you come for a tour:

  • This is a guided tour with museum staff.
  • Staff will be wearing masks.
  • Staff will be sanitizing between every tour.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors to use at the front counter.
  • No group tours are allowed at this time.

What we expect from our visitors:

  • The State of Indiana mandates that masks be worn in public buildings effective July 27, 2020. Your compliance is appreciated.
  • Visitors should wash or sanitize hands prior to entry.
  • We recommend calling ahead to reserve a time. Museum staff will make every attempt to accommodate walk-ins in a timely fashion, but booked tours will take precedence. If you don’t call ahead, you may be asked to wait outside if a tour is already in progress when you arrive. You may also book a tour online.
  • One carload of visitors will be allowed per tour.
  • We strongly prefer debit/credit card payment over cash.
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing.
  • Choose another time to visit if you have experienced the following symptoms: fever, cough, cold, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, joint and muscle pain, or if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Contact us

Physical address: 200 Wallace Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Mailing address: PO Box 662, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Phone: 765-362-5769

Museum Hours

Hours March 3, 2020 – December 2020:

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No tours will be started after 4:30 p.m.
Allow at least 1 hour for the complete experience. Please note we are on Eastern Time.


We are closed on Independence Day.

In the winter, please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for weather-related closing information.

If you have a group of 6 or more people, please call 765-362-5769 before coming.


Admission Fees

Adults – $7

AAA/Military with ID – $5

Students 13 – 18 with ID – $3

Students 7 – 12 with ID – $1

Children 6 & under – free

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Your visit begins at the Carriage House Interpretive Center with a 15 minute videoParking and Tours

The property has two entrances. A pedestrian entrance is located at 200 Wallace Avenue at the west end of the property. A vehicular entrance and accessible parking lot are located through the large double gates off Elston Avenue on the east end of the property. Free street parking is also available on Elston Avenue.

A visit to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum begins at the Carriage House Interpretive Center, the yellow building adjacent to the parking lot on the east end of the property. The Carriage House hosts an introductory film about Lew Wallace, changing exhibits in the Lynne D. Hohlbein Education Room, and a gift shop.

All tours of the inside of the General’s Study building are guided. Visitors may tour the grounds and gardens unguided (free) during open hours.

Non-flash photography is allowed in all exhibitions except where otherwise indicated.


School Tours

The Museum welcomes school classes and homeschool groups for tours of our facility. The Museum hosts a variety of different themed tours for school groups depending on grade level and interest.

Cost for school tours is $1 per student for students under 12 and $3 per student for students ages 13 to 18; teachers and adult chaperones from Montgomery County, Indiana, are free.

Contact Associate Director Amanda McGuire at 765-362-5769 or email [email protected] to make a school group tour reservation. Please visit our education page for more offerings for educators, homeschoolers, and other groups.

We require reservations for groups of more than 6 people.



Van-accessible parking is available in the parking lot on the Elston Ave. entrance. The Carriage House Interpretive Center (yellow building) and the public restroom building on the Museum campus are fully ADA-compliant, as are the grounds, which feature sidewalks throughout. Please be advised that the main Study building is a historic structure that has four steps leading into it. An introductory film about Lew Wallace is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

While You’re Here

Make a day of your Museum experience by visiting these other fine Montgomery County attractions. The Visit Montgomery County website has information about events and activities around Crawfordsville. To find accommodations near the Museum, visit HotelsCombined.