Plan Your Visit


General Lew Wallace Study & Museum exteriorWelcome to the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum! Over the spring and summer of 2015 we completed an interior paint restoration project that returned the Study to its beautiful original state, as Lew Wallace enjoyed it. We hope a visit to our National Historic Landmark will be a wonderful centerpiece of your Central Indiana vacation.

 

Museum Hours

The Museum is closed to tours on Saturday, August 26, for the Taste of Montgomery County. The Taste is the Museum’s major fundraiser and all gate sales support ongoing programming at the Museum throughout the year.

We are open from the first Tuesday in February through the second Friday in December.
We are closed Saturdays in December, January, and February.

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No tours will be given after 4:15 p.m.
Allow at least 1 hour for the complete experience. Please note we are on Eastern Time.

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

If you have a group of 8 or more people, please call 765-362-5769 before coming.

 

Admission Fees

Adults – $5
Students – $1
Children 6 & under – Free

Carriage House Interpretive Center - Tours begin here.Parking 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 handicapped 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 can 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; teachers and adult chaperones from Montgomery County, Indiana, are free.

Contact Associate Director Amanda McGuire at 765-362-5769 or email amcguire@ben-hur.com to make a school group tour reservation. Reservations for groups over 8 people are required.

 

Accessibility

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 handicap-accessible, 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.