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Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Ranked #18 of 177 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to maintaining and preserving the Site as a museum and memorial to the only U.S. President elected from the State of Indiana. Open to the public as an educational and historical service, the Site seeks to promote patriotism and citizenship through appropriate educational activities and by artfully exhibiting the Victorian time period as Harrison and his family might have experienced it. We are proud to be designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 21, 2013

A must see! Make sure to tour this house at least once and especially during the holidays! It's a great old home and the history is remarkable

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We learned that even though he could have been referred to as "President" Harrison, he declared that there is only one president at a time, and therefore would be known by the honorific "General" after leaving office. Because this home's furniture and other material stayed in the Harrison family, it was possible to return the furniture and other household items to their original places, especially with the help of old photos of the place. What was originally supposed to have been a half hour tour, our volunteer docent allowed it to stretch to much longer, as my family and I asked lots of questions. (Thanks, JH)
Here is a suggestion for future tours: Because the Harrison Family had so many distinguished members, both before and after Benjamin, a family tree printed out for visitors to see would help visitors to place the various Harrisons. Highly recommended for people interested in Presidential History as well as day-to-day lower case history.
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Very informative and a great place for school children to visit. At the time I was there for my daughter's school field trip, the woman who led their group left a lot to be desired. Very bossy with the kids and had no interest in answering any of their questions. Hopefully, by now, the staff has changed.

1  Thank MarshaB687
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

My kids love the Benjamin Harrison home. It shows you the life of a president that lived in Indianapolis. It is a gem for Indianapolis

1  Thank LizaAllee
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

I traveled here with a group of students, and the house is beautiful! It was great for the kids to see how people lived during this time period and to realize that a former president actually lived there. The best part when I've visited is when staff members are in character. I'd love to go for a Halloween event! It would be deliciously creepy.

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