James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home & Museum

Note: The Riley Boyhood Home and Museum will be closed the following days.
  • November 10th and 11th 2021
  • November 18th and 19th 2021
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Tours are available during the off season by Appointment
The Coordinator is on site year-round and will be available for walk-in visitors on most weekdays. She may, however, need to attend meetings, workshops, and speaking engagements outside of the museum, so you are encouraged to schedule your visit ahead of time.
All groups of 10 or more should RSVP at least one (1) week in advance.
For your convenience, please remember to check the website and Facebook for updates on museum closings and large tour groups already scheduled.
Our new Lizabuth Ann’s Kitchen is now open and available for your rental needs. Call the museum for more information and to book your rental. 317-462-8539
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Riley Boyhood Home image courtesy of Misty Garrity, Misty Eyed Photography
The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum are owned by the City of Greenfield and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Boyhood Home, birthplace and boyhood home of the famed "Hoosier Poet", will take you back to life in the 1850's and '60's. The Home provides an opportunity to view life from the poets perspective by offering a glimse into a pioneer era homestead which includes many family items that influenced James' life and poetry. The Museum displays objects from later in Riley's career as well as our gift shop and new programming/rental facility, Lizabuth Ann's Kitchen.
 The Boyhood Home and Museum are located at 250 West Main Street. Both are open for visitation  the 1st Tuesday of April to the last Saturday of October, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday, Monday, and major holidays). Off season tours by appointment.
Tours are led by the Riley Home Hostesses. School groups are welcome! For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (317) 462-8539 during open dates. For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (317) 462-8539 or email us at jwriley@greenfieldin.org The last time slot for tours is 3:00 PM.

Additional Information

250 W. Main Street
Greenfield IN 46140
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday 11am to 4pm
Last Tour at 3:00
Adult  $4.00
Seniors  $3.50
6-17 $1.50
Student Tours $1.00
Under 5 FREE!
Payment can be made in the form of cash or check or credit card.
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Events at the Riley Boyhood Home and Museum:
Facilities at this Location
  • Gift Shop
  • Restrooms

Riley Old Home Society Monthly Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held bi-monthly at 6:30 pm at the Riley Boyhood Home and Museum, 244 W. Main St.
  • January 21st 2021
  • March 18th 2021
  • May 20th 2021
  • July 15th 2021
  • September 16th 2021
  • October 21st 2021
  • December 16th 2021

Contact the J. W. Riley Boyhood Home and Museum

Address: 250 West Main Street
Greenfield, Indiana 46140
Telephone: 317-462-8539