3 Historic Indianapolis Museum Homes Open For Free Today

The Twelve Free Days of Christmas in Indianapolis, sponsored by the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association continues today. Indianapolis museums the Morris Butler House, James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Meredith Nicholson Home open their doors for free to Hoosiers, Wednesday, December 16. These historically preserved homes in the Circle City offer a not only a glimpse into history but an idea of the state of Indianapolis historically. Learn about Indianapolis history for free today as these wonderful Indianapolis attractions open their doors to Indianapolis people.

The Morris Butler House is located in Indianapolis’ old North side. This refurbished Victorian mansion shows Indianapolis in its splendor around 1865. The idea of a “traditional” family Christmas originated with the Victorians. Some of your most cherished traditions might even date back to the celebrations of these Americans in the middle of the nineteenth century.

The Victorians invented holiday customs like the Christmas tree, Christmas carols, and even the night time visit from Santa. Today at the Morris Butler House see authentic architecture and furniture that make this historic home such an intriguing experience. And enjoy authentic holiday decorations with a Victorian themed Christmas tree that is sure to spark the Christmas spirit in you. Visit the Morris Butler House’s official website for more information. Open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, in historic Lockerbie Square offers another glimpse into Victorian life during Christmas time. The famous Hoosier poet lived in this historic home during the last twenty three years of his life. Built in 1872, it still retains the elegance that inspired some of James Whitcomb Riley’s greatest verses. The home itself is simple, and this holiday season it is decorated with classic Christmas garb. Small gifts and party favors that would be typical of the Victorian period make this experience complete.

Be sure to look closely at the Christmas tree, as it includes Christmas postcards from United States citizens sent to Riley in 1911 when he was recovering from a stroke. Open for free to all Indianapolis people today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is a treasure for Indianapolis culture and Indianapolis arts. For more information visit the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home’s official website.

Lastly the Meredith Nicholson Home, located in Indy’s historic old North side, once belonged to famed Indiana author Meredith Nicholson. He lived there at the beginning of the twentieth century penning some of his greatest prose under that roof. Today the Indiana Humanities Council, which has restored the home, uses it as a catalyst to urge Hoosiers to think, read and talk as part of their Indianapolis education.

Considered to be one of the first Georgian Colonial Revival style homes built in Indianapolis, this notable homes also hosts a wide variety of humanities inspired programs throughout the year. Decked out in holiday luster, the Meredith Nicholson Home is open for free to all of Indiana today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the Meredith Nicholson Home’s official website.

Have fun at this FREE Indianapolis event. With all the money you save at the Twelve Free Days of Christmas, you can finally check out the great Indianapolis shopping to find the perfect gifts. Or check out these great Indianapolis restaurants for a delicious bite to eat. With so many fun things to do in Indianapolis, let Fun City Finder.com be your source for holiday adventure. Happy Holidays from the Fun City Finder.com family!

3 Historic Homes FREE to the public
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Morris-Butler House Museum
1204 North Park Av
Indianapolis, IN 46202


James Whitcomb Riley House Museum
528 Lockerbie Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Meredith Nicholson House
1500 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN