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James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

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Address: 528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3617
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Beautiful historical home

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... read more

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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 family and answered all the questions we had. He gave us plenty of time to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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 

1 Thank AL_Pete
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank Nita B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

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

Thank Indychick66
Candor, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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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