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Nominated for: BEST Museum
Nearly 80 years ago, a visionary group of Indianapolis leaders formed the Riley Children's Foundation. Their mission: to create a living tribute to the memory of famed Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley.
At Riley Museum, take a glimpse of society life at the turn of the century just as Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley experienced it. The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home recalls a simpler time — a time before cell phones, palm pilots or pagers.
The Museum Home, nestled in the heart of Indianapolis' historic Lockerbie neighborhood, showcases many of the great poet's personal belongings including his writing desk, portrait of his beloved dog and his top hat and cane.
At the home, visitors get the rare chance to experience the country's only late-Victorian preservation. Authentic furnishings and décor fill the home with an air of nostalgia.
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