General Lew Wallace Study & Museum

General Lew Wallace Study & MuseumGeneral Lew Wallace Study & Museum
200 Wallace Avenue, Crawfordsville  

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 Lew Wallace in his StudyTerritory, 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
Admission Charged