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Explore the museum from home!Take the tour.
While Wylie House is closed due to COVID-19, we invite you to explore the museum through our virtual tour (Special thanks to Research Technologies, UITS for scanning the room and helping to create this interactive piece.). Free guided tours Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 2pm, January 13 through November 25. *Open by appointment only during month of December and until beginning of spring semester of IU classes. Class tours, research visits, large group tours or tours outside of normal operating hours can be arranged by calling (812) 855-6224 or emailing libwylie @ indiana.edu.
Built in 1835 by Andrew Wylie, first president of Indiana University, the Wylie House is now a historic house museum administered by the IU Libraries. The museum is open to the public and serves as a campus resource for classes and research. Wylie House is located just off campus, near the original campus location.
Collections include family artifacts, photographs, and archival materials. Student digital exhibits can be found on our online exhibit platform. Social media links can be found in the Helpful Info tab on this page. Events can be found in the IUB Libraries Calendar.
The Museum's heirloom gardens provide historic interpretation,seed-saving programs, and education. For seed saving tips, visit our seed saving page. For information about our heirloom seed library program, visit our information page here.
The following services are available from the the Wylie House Museum:
Built in 1835, Wylie House was the home of Indiana University's first president, Andrew Wylie, and his family. Today, Wylie House is owned and operated by Indiana University Libraries as an historic house museum. It supports the campus curriculum, providing students and faculty with access to the museum and its collections for course integration and research opportunities. The museum's Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center, situated next door to the museum, provides space for staff offices, exhibitions, and class meetings.
The museum is open to the public for free, guided tours. Please check museum hours.
307 E. Second Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Parking at the Museum (pdf)
Free guided tours are given five days per week, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 2pm. (Hours & exceptions)
*Group tours are welcome if scheduled in advance; a maximum number of 30 is suggested.
The mission of Wylie House museum is to preserve, collect and study the house, its artifacts, documents, and landscape, and through them to interpret with the public the early history and culture of Indiana University and the town of Bloomington. We seek to engage the visitor in an experience of history which is stimulating, thoughtful, and enjoyable; which is factually accurate and respectful of the period and people we interpret; and which excites an interest in and appreciation of domestic history, the heritage of Indiana University and Bloomington, and the visitor's own personal history. It is also our mission to actively support the teaching and research goals of the University and surrounding pre-college educational institutions by working with teachers and students to integrate the museum and its resources into relevant curriculum, and by recruiting and supervising student interns.
The Wylie House Museum is owned and maintained by Indiana University and is a part of the Indiana University Libraries. Private donations, essential to the work of the museum, pay for research, programs, acquisitions, and preservation.
Internship possibilities and other volunteer opportunities are also available. Learn to be a docent, help in the garden, or assist with special events or behind-the-scenes projects. Call or e-mail for more information about current volunteer opportunities.