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General Lew Wallace Study & Museum



This National Historic Landmark was designed and built by General Lew Wallace as a personal study.Best known as the author of Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace (1827-1905) was a Renaissance Man and notable Hoosier. The Museum houses personal mementos from his service as the Minister to Turkey (1881-1885), Governor of New Mexico Territory (1878-1881), 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 and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 13-18, and $1.00 for ages 6-12. Please visit our website at or contact the museum directly at 765-362-5769. Email us at for more information. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.

February & December: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm
March - November: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm 
No tours are begun after 4:15 pm Eastern.

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General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
200 Wallace Ave
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
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  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: CLOSED Monday: By appointment only

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