Wylie House Museum

/Wylie House Museum

Please note that museum is under construction and the first floor is not accessible by ramp during this time. We look forward to a new ADA accessible ramp once our back porch reconstruction project is complete.


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. It 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 - Saturday, 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. Office hours extend beyond public visiting times. Closed holidays and six weeks in winter (December to mid-January).

Please visit our Exhibits, Events, and Helpful Info through tabs in the sidebar. You'll find current information as well as links to our blog and social media sites.

Collections include family artifacts, photographs, and archival materials. Faculty, instructors, students, and researchers are invited to contact the museum with any questions or reference needs. Student digital exhibits can be found on our online exhibit platform.

The Museum's heirloom gardens provide historic interpretation 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.


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Open Exhibits

Staff Directory

Director, Wylie House Museum
Assistant Librarian
(812) 856-2353
Outdoor Interpreter
(812) 855-1858

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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 recreating the Wylie home prior to 1860. The museum is open to the public for tours and 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. 

Guided Tours | Gift Shop | Donate or Volunteer | Seed Saving & Heirloom Garden

Visit Us

307 E. Second Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Parking at the Museum (pdf)

Guided Tours

Free guided tours are given five days per week from May to November, 10am to 2pm. (Hours & exceptions)
*Group tours are welcome if scheduled in advance; a maximum number of 30 is suggested.

Gift Shop

Wylie House has a very small gift shop where we sell heirloom seeds grown in our gardens. Please stop by the museum during normal business hours to browse and purchase seeds.

Donate or Volunteer

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.

Give Now
Checks, made out to Wylie House Museum/IU Foundation, may be sent to:
Wylie House Museum
c/o Carey Beam, Director
317 E. Second Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

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