General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Lew Wallace, Civil War Major General, diplomat, inventor and world-renowned author of Ben-Hur.
This architectural wonder was designed and built by General Wallace as a personal study. Best known as the author of Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace (1827-1905) was a Renaissance man and notable Hoosier. Historians, tourists, schoolchildren and families have explored the Study for over 100 years, learning about Wallace’s multi-faceted life.
The Museum houses personal artifacts from his service as the Minister to Turkey, Governor of the New Mexico Territory, Civil War Major General, and Vice-President of the trial of those who conspired to assassinate President Lincoln. His artwork, violins, inventions and library are on display, along with memorabilia from various adaptations of Ben-Hur, including the 1959 Oscar-winning version starring Charlton Heston.
The Museum is located on 3.5 acres of wooded grounds and is equipped with picnic tables, drinking fountains and handicapped-accessible restrooms.
Open February - December
Tours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Or Monday by appointment
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm