• Restoration photo

French Lick Resort History

From the first hotel built at French Lick in 1845 to the newest one finished in 2019, French Lick Resort is rich with history. From guided tours to our new museum space there are various ways to learn about our famous mineral water, history of gambling and grand restorations. Or, maybe you just prefer to experience it at your own pace. No matter your preference, there is history around every corner here and we want you to experience it.

West Baden Springs Hotel Tours

Vintage Postcard of West Baden Springs Hotel

Tuesday – Saturday • 2pm & 4pm

No tours Thanksgiving or Christmas Days

West Baden Springs Hotel • Landmarks Emporium
$15 for adults • $8 for children (ages 6-14) • Free for children under 6

Click here to order tickets. 

 

Step back in time and discover the captivating history of West Baden Springs Hotel. Find out how the hotel’s dome was constructed and discover how this colossal hotel was built in less than a year. Learn more about the mysterious Angel Room high above the atrium. And find out who those movers and shakers were that came here to make deals, gamble and “take the waters” in the early 20th century.

 

More Info

  • Tours are available by appointment for groups of 15 or more. Reservations are strongly recommended as tour sizes are limited. Email swoodward@indianalandmarks.org for questions or reservations. 
  • Each tour of 60-75 minutes is uniquely given from the guide’s perspective. 

French Lick Springs Hotel Tours

French Lick Historical Tours

Tuesday – Saturday • Noon

No tours Thanksgiving or Christmas Days

French Lick Springs Hotel • Landmarks Emporium

$15 for adults • $8 for children (ages 6-14) • Free for children under 6

Click here to order tickets. 

 

Learn about French Lick Springs Hotel’s amazing history, from the creation of tomato juice in 1917 to the infamous Derby Weekend Raid of 1949 when gambling became suddenly taboo — even in French Lick. Discover why Pluto Water was world-famous, and which revered U.S. president started his first run for office right here. Hundreds of celebrities have stayed at the resort, from actors to athletes to musicians. This is definitely a place known for its successes and secrets.

 

More Info

  • Tours are available by appointment for groups of 15 or more. Reservations are strongly recommended as tour sizes are limited. Email swoodward@indianalandmarks.org for questions or reservations. 
  • Each tour of 60-75 minutes is uniquely given from the guide’s perspective. 

West Baden Springs Hotel Museum

Photo of pictures and artifacts found in the museum

Open daily

Complimentary admission

 

Located near the Mineral Springs exit in the atrium, our new museum displays artifacts and it highlights some of the remarkable feats of this hotel's storied history. Read about its past owners. Find out how long it took to build the dome in 1902. See how it rose from the ashes in the 1990s. The French Lick Resort Historian will be in the museum on select days to fill in the details of our history. His November museum hours are:

Mondays: 2pm-3pm

Wednesdays: 10am-11am

Fridays: 3pm-4pm