Thank you for your interest in experiencing the home and gardens of the only U.S. president elected (to date) from the State of Indiana! The Delaware Street home of Benjamin Harrison is open for guided tours on the hour and half-hour Monday through Saturday. The home is also open on Sundays in June and July. There is no public waiting area located inside the house, so please try to arrive on the hour or half-hour. Tours are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in length. Visitors will see 10 rooms in the museum, including the third floor ball room (when it is not closed to mount a new exhibit). All floors can be accessible by elevator.
Tour Schedule and Hours
The museum offers daily guided tours from January 21 through December 31, 2013. Tours are on the hour and half-hour, and last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. For map, directions and parking, click here.
- Monday through Saturday: 10am to 3:30pm
- Sundays (June and July only): 12:30pm to 3:30pm
- Sunday, December 8: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
- On regular tour days, the last tour begins at 3:30pm.
- Tour format, hours and pricing are subject to change on dates that we have Special Events.
2013 Holiday Closings:
|Thanksgiving Day||November 28|
|Christmas Holiday||December 24-25|
|The first three weeks in January||January 1-21*|
|Memorial Day Weekend||May 24-26|
|Labor Day||September 1|
|Thanksgiving Day||November 27|
|Christmas Holiday||December 24-25|
*Closed to the public/no tours, but office is open Monday through Friday starting Jan. 6, 2014.
- Children (ages 4 and under): Free
- Students: $5 (ages 5 to 17)
- College Students: $5 (with ID)
- Adults: $10 (ages 18 to 64)
- Seniors: $8 (ages 65 and older)
- AAA Rates: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students
- Group Rates are available: Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance by calling.
The 1875 Italianate Victorian family home of President Benjamin Harrison—our country's 23rd U.S. President (1889-1893) and Indiana 's only President—figured prominently in Harrison's campaign for the presidency and provides insight into his family's life and history. The three-level historic landmark recently underwent $400,000 in restoration work thanks to a Save America's Treasures grant. The home is beautifully furnished with many of Harrison's paintings, furniture, and other artifacts including political memorabilia. The reconstructed carriage house (located behind the home) features From Bustles to Ballots, a women's suffrage exhibit. Our 2013 major exhibition, Raising the Hem: Historic Fashions of American Nobility, is included in the daily tour and on display from February 18 to December 31.
Recent visitors fondly recall their tour experiences:
"As a historic house enthusiast and a frequent visitor to Indianapolis, I cannot recommend a tour of the President Benjamin Harrison house more highly. I was fascinated not only by the handsome Italianate brick house, which retains so much of its original architectural detail, but also by the amazingly intact interior, with its collection, largely original, of period furniture and decorations.
And, the historic collection—related to President Harrison, his family, Indiana and the nation at large—makes the museum all the more rich and fascinating. Having toured so many house museums throughout the country, I was impressed by the depth of knowledge of the museum staff. My guide was incredibly fluent not only about the house, its contents and its famous resident, but about the larger historical context as well. The Harrison house is truly one of Indiana's architectural and historic treasures." ~ James Sansum, New York
"I just had to write to let you know how very much we enjoyed our visit in early November! The Home, itself, is fascinating—but certainly what made our visit so enjoyable was Mary's hospitality and enthusiasm. She was warm and welcoming from the very start, and had the most genuine dedication to making the visit interesting to our children. I can't think of any other historic home that would have appealed to a 5- and 7-year-old! If only every museum had a "Mary," imagine what sparks would ignite in our children's minds! Thank you very much for the rich experiences you provide. We wish for you many more years of success and support." ~ Trish Cowan, St. Louis