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Crawfordsville - General Lew Wallace Study and Museum

200 Wallace Avenue

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


Ronald Pollard

Saturday, July 15, 2017
My wife and I enjoyed this visit. Short trip from Indianapolis and well worth the historical and educational experience concerning the man Lew Wallace. Christian, writer, lawyer, soldier, inventor, hunter, fisherman, lover of books, artist, architect, politician, world traveler, husband, father, dreamer, etc. His study has many innovative features; such as combined gas and electric light fixtures. All wood used in the interior including furniture is of white oak. Beautiful landscaping, flowers and vegetation.

Chris Headley

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
This place is a wonderful stop in our on back yard

aylaeh cline

Friday, June 30, 2017
What a beautiful study! Lew Wallace was such an interesting man. It's too bad that so few people in this area are aware of him and this lovely place.

blaze woodruff

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Really neat to learn about.

Jasmine L Sparks

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Get place to have a wedding

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