If you have a crowd (family reunion, bus tour, office outing, etc.) of 10 people or more, then you qualify for a group tour! Trained docents guide you on a 1 hour and 15 minute tour of the elegant home of Indiana's only U.S. president. The dining room features presidential china, and Harrison's study is filled with personal belongings from his White House years and his oval office desk. The majority (75%) of the house furnishings—which give an accurate view of the Victorian era—are original to the Harrison family, including the original wallpaper designs in the parlors and library.
The third floor ballroom exhibit changes yearly. A grand feature of our tours is that you are able to enter most historic rooms of the museum. However, there are three flights of stairs. An elevator provides ease of access for the first two floors should your guests require it; an elevette allows access (one passenger plus guide per trip) to the third floor ballroom. Periods of standing are required throughout the tour.
We please ask visitors not to touch or lean on furniture, artifacts, etc. There is no waiting area or visitor center. If you have time restraints or a larger group with mobility issues and prefer or require a first floor (only) tour of the museum, the rate is the same due to the fact that we must staff the tour like any other.
- To qualify for the discounted $8 per person rate, adult group tours and bus tours must have between 10 and 120 guests
- A reservation is required and allows us to plan accordingly for your visit and schedule your group at times other than the strict 30 minute increments (on the hour and half hour) for walk-up tour visitation
Facilities and Features
- Gardens throughout grounds
- President's Cabinet Gift Shop
- Special tours for sight and hearing impaired visitors
- Restroom Facilities: white building with brown trim, located behind the home
LIVE! Family Christmas
Benjamin and Caroline Harrison personally welcome visitors to their home on special live enactor tour days. The Harrisons discuss their lives both as Indianapolis residents and as White House residents, while their dedicated staff shares family secrets with guests. This special program is offered four times a year: Presidents' Day in February, Primary Day in May, Election Day in November, and a Saturday in mid-December featuring a Harrison "Family Christmas." Specific dates, times and costs are listed on our Events calendar.
A Walking Tour of Delaware Street
Benjamin Harrison's move to Delaware Street in 1875, and that of many city leaders and captains of industry (i.e. John Schmidt), made Delaware Street a desired place to live in Indianapolis. Now known as the Old Northside, this area was home to author Meredith Nicholson, the meeting place of suffragette May Wright Sewall, the residence of Charleston Eden— founder of the first indoor mall in America. The homes on this tour match the past occupants' classical, playful and eccentric personalities. You will learn the history of the homes, their residents and architectural styles. Attendees will be given a handout with glossary of terms that will allow you to be a hunter of historic architecture in whatever neighborhood you chose to visit next.
- Self-guided walking tour
- Cost is $5 per person
- Brochures can be purchased in the Welcome Center
- Allow 1 to 1.5 hours for this experience