General Lew Wallace’s accomplishments stretch much further than his 77 years. He was a Major General in the Union Army who fought at the battles of Shiloh, Fort Donelson, & Monocacy; a military judge in the trials of the Lincoln Conspirators & Henry Wirz of Andersonville; territorial governor of New Mexico; ambassador to the Ottoman Empire; a brilliant orator, artist, inventor, & musician.

His masterwork, the epic religious novel Ben-Hur (1880), gained General Wallace his highest accolades & cemented his reputation in literary history. Ben-Hur became the best-selling novel of the 19th century & the basis of several dramatizations, including the 1959 motion picture starring Charlton Heston.

The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum faithfully preserves General Wallace’s personal memorabilia in the Study he designed & built on the site where Ben-Hur was penned. Tours of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum are guided; no tours after 4 pm Eastern. Monday tours available by appointment.

The museum opens for the season on the first Tuesday of February and closes for the season on the second Friday of December. The museum is not open on Saturdays in February or December.

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