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James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

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Address: 528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3617
Phone Number: +1 317-631-5885
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Cool Victorian house

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 replica Belgian lace and every detail of this home is a real time machine. The... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This house still had 80% of the furnishings that were there when Riley lived there. It is a good example of what the state of the art was in furnishings, baths, kitchens, etc. Riley's history was described by a knowledgeable guide, though details of his poems were not given, other than that he wrote many poems for children. The house... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I've been on hundreds of historic house tours and this has to be perhaps the best one I've ever been on. The video before the tour was informative and our docent was very knowledgeable. The interior of the house, which dates to the 1880s, is all original right down to the carpeting. I was amazed at how well-preserved it was.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This museum gives guided tours and gives a boat load of info about Mr Whitcomb and his family, Nice gift shop also. The tour guide is dressed for the period.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I love old houses. love this neighborhood, love what was "modern" & high tech back then. Walk the neighborhood too.

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Candor, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I love James Whitcomb Riley's poems, so when I found myself with some free time in Indianapolis I headed over to see his home. If you care more about Victorian living and houses, go on the tour. If you care more about Riley, skip the tour and see the video and the grounds, which are free. The first thing you... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I confess I had no idea who this poet was. I had walked to the Lockerbie district and was on the cobblestone street and saw this museum and walked up to the house. I didn't realize there was a visitor center in the back of the house. So I literally stepped in off the street and joined a tour. It... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

My kids and I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful home! It is exactly as it was when Mr. Riley lived there - the carpets, wall coverings, furniture, stenciling, etc. are the original furnishings. The street is still cobblestone and there are lovely historic homes surrounding this one. The visitors' center is really nice and the grounds are very pretty. Our... More 

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Newburgh, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Home to Indiana's and possibly America's most famous poet, James Whitcomb Riley, this is his final home in Indianapolis where he lived. Extremely well preserved with original furnishings, it also has a beautiful garden and is located on an attractive quiet street near downtown. The home has many interesting innovations for the comfort of the residents, considering the time period... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Looking for something interesting to do for an hour or two in downtown Indy? The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is a must for locals and visitors alike! My friend and I are from Terre Haute, IN, and we're looking for something unique to do in Indy for the day. We decided to stop here and took a step back... More 

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