The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, formerly known as the Ben-Hur Museum, is located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Lew Wallace Study was built in 1880 by Major General Lew Wallace, Civil War general & author of Ben-Hur. The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum celebrates and renews belief in the power of the individual spirit to affect American history and culture. The museum contains items collected by General Wallace during his life as an author, soldier, statesman, artist, violinist and inventor.
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