Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

1230 N Delaware St
Indianapolis IN 46202
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10am-3:30pm
  • Tue: 10am-3:30pm
  • Wed: 10am-3:30pm
  • Thu: 10am-3:30pm
  • Fri: 10am-3:30pm
  • Sat: 10am-3:30pm

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The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a memorial and a museum located in downtown Indianapolis. It combines educational activities with Victorian era exhibits, so visitors can learn more about President Benjamin Harrison. In addition to being able to tour the former president's home and gardens, you can watch actors portray Benjamin and Caroline Harrison on special event days.

Best and worst time to go to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
One of the worst times to visit the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is on weekdays during the morning or afternoon because the home is crowded with school tours. One of the best times to visit the site is on the weekend during May, June or July because many of the plants will be in bloom.

Must see/do at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site 
One of the most popular activities is to take a guided tour of the Benjamin Harrison home to see the Victorian artifacts and president's personal belongings. The gardens are another popular attraction and include roses, lilacs, boxwood shrubs and other plants. You also do not want to miss the gift shop that features books, china, ornaments, souvenirs and other items.

Admission to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Admission for children who are 4 years old and younger is free. Admission for adults is in the $10 range. Admission for students between the ages of 5 and 17 is in the $5 range.

Parking and public transportation to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Free parking is available along Delaware Street. Free parking is also available in the lot on 13th Street.

Food at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Food is not available for purchase at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. However, if you decide to participate in the Civil War dinners or Coffee with the Curator events, then food and beverages are included in the price of the ticket. The cost for the Civil War dinner is in the $150 range and includes a full Victorian era meal with hand-churned garlic butter. The Coffee with the Curator event is in the $6 range and includes coffee and doughnut holes.

Insider tip for visitors to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
You do not want to miss the Caroline Harrison Herb Garden at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. It is a small garden filled with herbs that were commonly used in the Victorian era.

Author's bio: Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Indianapolis. Her work has been published on websites ranging from Examiner to Technorati.