The Garden
Lilly House
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While out in The Garden, don’t hesitate—come in and tour Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark, and the mansion home of J.K. Lilly Jr, the late Indianapolis businessman, collector, and philanthropist. As you move room to room inside this historic home, marvel at the décor, all carefully maintained as if the Lilly family still lives there. Lilly House has been restored to its 1930s glory and sits on the magnificent 26-acre Oldfields estate surrounded by lovely gardens. Floor 2 hosts a variety of exhibitions ranging from porcelain to photography and in the garage don’t miss the 1910s to the 1950s era car, meticulously maintained and preserved. By the time you wander back into the open air, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip to early 20th century America.

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Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Lilly House Tour

Lilly House
2 pm

Take a docent-guided tour of the American Country Place Era home of the late Indianapolis businessman, philanthropist, and collector J.K. Lilly, Jr.

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Lilly House

Accessibility

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located on the lower level of the Lilly House.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome.

Mobility Access

The Garden

We have an outdoor wheelchair to borrow for the day, on a first come first served basis. Please note that on busy days (holidays, special events, and summer weekends) outdoor mobile devices rent out quickly and may not be available; it may be wise to make other arrangements. You are welcome to bring your own manual wheelchair, motorized wheelchair, or electric mobility scooter to use in The Garden.

Portions of The Garden include accessible pathways. Newfields staff at the Admissions desk are happy to provide guests with a Garden map and highlight these pathways upon arrival.

Seasonal tram tours provide a driving tour of The Garden on the Newfields’ Tram, the Late Miss Kate. Tours begin in early April and run through October. Please visit our website to choose the right time and tram tour options for you.

Lilly House

Wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first served basis. To borrow a wheelchair at Lilly House, please check in with the desk located at the main entrance on the lower level.

  • The Lilly House entrance is located on the lower level of the house. Guests approach the entrance by way of the chauffeur’s drive at the north end of the building. The drive is a gently sloping curve, descending approximately 11½ feet over a distance of about 300 feet. Temporary entrance ramps for the front doors are available upon request. We ask that guests please contact Lindsay Holstine, head of our Accessibility Taskforce, three weeks in advance of your visit in order to provide you with these accommodations.
  • Inside the house, a ramp with handrails leads from the entry level to an elevator that can take guests to Floors 1 and 2. Because the elevator car dates to the 1930s and is relatively small, a staff member will operate it for any guest who wishes to use it.
  • The staircase in Lilly House is circular with 16 steps (8” rise) leading from the top of the ground-floor ramp to Floor 1, and 23 steps (7” rise, with one landing) leading from Floor 1 to Floor 2. Both stairs feature handrails.
  • While moving through the rooms on Floor 1, guests will encounter different floor surfaces (wood, marble, linoleum, carpet) and two small ramps that bridge a 3½-inch change in floor elevation on the west side of the house.
  • As you marvel at the beauty of Lilly House, seating options are available throughout. Sit and stay as long as you like.