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Collections

The scope of the museum's collection is very focused. All of the collection belonged to or relates to Benjamin Harrison's lifetime and family. The collection includes a variety of objects, including: the 1875 Italianate home, political memorabilia, Caroline Harrison's china paintings.

This is the only site dedicated to the memory of our 23rd president. Since such a high percentage of items in the collection are original, they provide visitors with a unique and accurate look into the life of the Harrison family.

Through the collection the museum preserves and interprets personal property, papers, and historical documents relating to Benjamin Harrison, his service to the State of Indiana, and his service to the United States of America. In early 2006, the museum was awarded a Save America's Treasures (SAT) site-improvement grant from the National Park Service that funded needed repairs and improvements including wallpaper, carpeting, medallion replacement, plaster work, brick walkway repair, tuck-pointing, etc.

A women's suffrage collection was added in 2001. The suffrage collection spans Harrison's lifetime and that of his children. This was an important issue for the country. Remarkable women such as Belva Lockwood, who ran for the presidency against Harrison in 1888, are explored in our Bustles to Ballots permanent women's suffrage exhibit.

Every year the museum has a major exhibit in the 3rd floor ballroom and several smaller, themed displays throughout the year. 

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site offers Campaigns and Cartoons, the Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion, as a traveling exhibit from the collection of Julian and Sue Ridlen.

“An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

Share Harrison's passion for giving and become a member, donor or volunteer of the Benjamin Harrision Presidential Site.