Wylie House Museum is a historic house museum administered by the IU Libraries. The house was built in 1835 by Andrew Wylie, first president of Indiana University. The house is furnished as it might have looked in the 1840s when Dr. Wylie and his family lived there. The museum is open to the public and serves as a campus resource for classes from a variety of disciplines. Free guided tours are given on Tuesday to Saturday from May to November, 10am to 2pm; class tours, research visits, large group tours or tours outside of normal operating hours can be arranged by calling (812) 855-6224 or emailing the Wylie House using the linked form.
The mission of the Wylie House Museum is to preserve, collect, and study the house, its artifacts, documents, and landscape, and through them to interpret 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 apprecition of domestic history, the heritage of Indiana University and Bloomington, and the visitor's own personal history. It utilizes its resources--buildings, collections, landscape and archives -- and an ongoing systematic historical research program as the catalysts to collect, preserve, and interpret its history for the campus, local community, and the general public. The Museum also actively supports and contributes to the teaching and research mission of the University.
The Museum's heirloom gardens provide historic interpretion as well as active seed-saving programs and education. For seed saving tips and information, visit our seed saving page. For information about our heirloom seed library program, visit our information page here.