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General Lew Wallace Study and Museum

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Address: 200 Wallace Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933-2546
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+1 765-362-5769
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and...

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and 2008 winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, features General Wallace’s personal Study, a unique building situated on over 3.5 acres of park-like land; his 1870 Carriage House, now an interpretive center and exhibit hall; and original memorabilia from throughout his life and career as a soldier, statesman, and the celebrated author of Ben-Hur, the best selling novel of the 19th century.

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This past weekend my husband and I went on a day trip to Crawfordsville Indiana. While there we went to General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. We were met at the Carriage House by... read more

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Garrett, Indiana
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Garrett, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This past weekend my husband and I went on a day trip to Crawfordsville Indiana. While there we went to General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. We were met at the Carriage House by two very nice volunteers. We paid our fee of $5 and watch a brief film on the life History of General Wallace. It was a very... More 

Thank NanaB12015
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We love taking our friends to the Lew Wallace study. The grounds are beautiful with small pocket Gardens that are well-maintained, marked and historic. The building itself is unique and has a great story behind it's structure. Inside is an unbelievable amount of history in regards to author, politician, Solider General Lew Wallace. The interior has been undergoing renovations to... More 

Thank Kathy L
Alton, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

We took a little fall trip to get away from it all. We stayed at a B&B in Yountsville and toured Crawfordsville. We were not aware of the Ben Hur-Crawfordsville connection and Lew Wallace! The introduction movie was excellent, the staff and guide were superb and the grounds beautiful. The trees were changing color, adding to the beauty. What a... More 

Thank swsands
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Spent and interesting hour with a very knowledgeable guide who knew all about the General. Good place for anyone who appreciates Ben Hur.

Thank futureknave
Cloverdale, Indiana
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

I visited twice in June with a group of school children grades 4-8. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable!

Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The General Lew Harris study it is such an interesting place. It is not a large place by any means, but there is so much packed in to this building. The general had many different careers throughout his life. He was a lawyer, a writer and minister to Turkey just to name a few. As another reviewer said this is... More 

Thank Aylaeh C
Indianapolis, IN
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

This is a very interesting place to visit - just an hour from Indianapolis. Author (Ben Hur), musician, artist, politician, military man - what an astonishing life. He attended the dedication of The Monument in Indy along with other celebrities, and his bust was moved from The English Opera House and Hotel to D.C. The statue in the yard is... More 

Thank Bryan S
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

Although we knew of General Lew Wallace's role in the Civil War and the writing of Ben Hur, we soon learned he was a very diverse, unique and interesting fellow. The tour starts in the carriage house/ticket office where you can view a video about General Wallace and his family. A guided tour of his study provides a glimpse of... More 

Thank William B
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

People remember Lew Wallace for writing Ben Hur. But his study, where he wrote it, tells so much more about his place in history, how the small town of Crawfordsville had people that did so much to affect the world. Although he isn't, his horse is buried on the grounds. Explore the grounds especially at the TASTE, a fund raising... More 

Thank LLLLL414
Waterloo, Indiana
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Reviewed 12 December 2015

When we walked into the study I was astonished by it's pure beauty. General Lew Wallace knew exactly what he wanted in his study and it's amazing. The man who wrote Ben-Hur put in a forty foot high rotunda room complete with a fire place and a great library of books. The rotunda has been beautifully restored and there are... More 

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