Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Guests will receive an orientation, led by a Docent, covering a brief history of the St. Louis World’s Fair and the Haan’s purchase of the mansion, art collection, and antique furniture.  The orientation also includes highlights of some of the major items in the collection located on the first floor.   Afterwards, guests may view the first two floors of the Museum, excluding the Kitchen, at their own pace. 

Guided Group Tours

For groups of 15 or more, groups are led by a docent who will take you through each room on both the first and second floors of the Museum, including both the Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry.  These tours are approximately 75-90 minutes in length, or can be customized for your needs.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Christmas Tours

Christmas Tours are our most beloved and highly attended tours of the year. Tours start the day after Thanksgiving and run through the end of December. These tours take place of our daily Self-Guided Tours during this time. We also extend our Museum hours to include Sundays during this time as well.

Special Exhibitions

We have three special exhibitions per year featured on the second floor and are included with Museum admission. 

Museum Highlights

Indiana Paintings:  Extraordinary historic Indiana paintings by Indiana’s most notable artists from the 1800’s to today, many of which have been published in books or featured in major exhibitions.

American Antiques:  Outstanding collection of massive Renaissance Revival furniture (1860-1890), including a rare Superior Grade Wooton Desk.

Indiana Ceramics:  Over 300 pieces of decorative ceramics are on display, including large figural and architectural forms and unusual teapots.  The collection also includes works in bronze and glass.

Historic Architecture:  The Classical Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, and many parts are from a 1760 mansion.

Special Events: Temporary and special exhibitions and events are featured throughout the year at the Museum. Check our Events Calendar for all of our current and upcoming activities.

Museum Grounds

Sculpture Garden

A .2 mile wheelchair accessible path on the grounds features over 25 sculptures in clay, bronze, steel, glass, limestone, and carved rock.

Nature Trail

The trail is about a mile long loop in the Museum’s three acre woods making it feel very much like a wilderness experience in the middle of town.  Thirty different species of native Indiana trees are identified with educational signs, crossing a ravine by bridges. 

Mountain Bike Trail

A 7 mile out and back intermediate and advanced trail.  This all single track trail contains rocks, ledges, bridges, whoop-de-dos, benched areas, drop offs, ramps and other features. 

Accessibility

First and second floors are accessible to all visitors. There is a ramp outside for wheelchair accessibility and an elevator inside so that everyone can easily get to the second floor.

Parking

Cars

The Museum has a small parking lot, just next to the Carriage House, that guests may use to park their vehicles when visiting the Museum and its outdoor attractions. If the parking lot is full, on-street parking is also available. There is no fee for parking in the Museum’s parking lot.

Buses

There is plenty of on-street parking for buses. Buses may pull into the driveway to let off guests, but will need to back out. Please do not try to pull through the porte-cochere, as it is not high enough for most buses.

Restrooms

Restroom facilities are limited. We suggest that tour buses stop before visiting the Museum.