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Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens

Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326
317-920-2660 or 317-923-1331
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Ranked #28 of 89 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
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Baltimore, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited the grounds of Oldfields / 100 Acres since the IMA and Lilly House were closed for visits on Mondays. Scenic grounds ideal for walking and appreciating the landscaping (Oldfields) or outdoor art (100 Acres). We really appreciated the exercise and beauty of the grounds, and this was the highlight of our visit to Indianapolis. Great to pair with... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a great free Indianapolis attraction. The first floor of the home is lovely. The second floor is unfortunately lacking (no furnishings or period items to make it feel complete). The home has many lovely details throughout the first floor including lovely wood floors, built in bookshelves, fireplaces, and more. The gardens are nice, but not outstanding. The staff... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Beautiful gardens and lovely huge home to tour on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Geared more for adults, but even my tween seemed to like strolling the garden paths to see "what's next"! Really interesting short film to watch before proceeding to tour the Lilly family home. In each room of the home, I loved seeing the... More

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Greencastle, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Free to tour the inside of the Lily house. Gardens outside was beautiful. Greenhouse was nice. Beautiful property.

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Odem, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Saw the Lilly House. We are from Texas on our way to Michigan looked up stuff to do in Indianapolis since we were going thru there. It was a nice place to visit. The tour inside is unguided you basically follow a path from room to room. Also you can see the outside from inside. The gardens are really nice.... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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136 reviews 136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's Indianapolis's mini version of North Carolina's Biltmore home. Even if you don't take the tour inside, walk around outside. The gardens are divine! I love to just walk through the greenhouse and gardens. Admire the architecture while imagining what it was like in it's glory days. The tour is worth it too. If you are going to the art... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Beautiful gardens and so accessible. Whether you are strolling the paths in the garden or the home. Good place for a picnic, read a book, or taking pictures.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Gorgeous well preserved home on the Indiana Art Museum grounds. Typically free to visit. Decorated for Christmas. Home of the drug magnat Eli Lilly.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The gardens are exquisite! They are kept very nice and are beautiful to visit in the spring when flowers are just blooming or in the summer when in full bloom.

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San Diego, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Beautiful gardens and house. Good restoration with much of the Lilly furniture still in place. Well documented history with many photographs of the house in various stages. A fun look at how the Indianapolis upper class lived in the early 20th century.

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