Built in 1927, The Madame Walker Theatre Center was home to the Walker Manufacturing plant where Madame CJ Walker’s hair care products were produced and distributed. It also boasted a movie theatre, pharmacy, beauty salon, and beauty school. Today – with much of its original architecture – the Madame Walker Theatre Center houses a 935 seat theatre, a grand ballroom, memorial boardroom, beauty salon, a history and heritage center and office space for local entrepreneurs and cultural non-profits. Individuals from across the globe have traveled to Indianapolis to tour the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center. A source of civic and cultural pride, this architectural gem stands beautifully on the corner of Indiana Avenue and West Streets holding much of the history of Madame Walker, Indiana Avenue, and Ransom Place within in.
Lead by our chief docent – Mr. Thomas Ridley who at the age of 91 has been a patron of the Madame Walker Theatre Center for more than 70 years – tours include a brief 10 minute video and guided walk through the halls of facility. Tour members are encouraged to take pictures on the historical stage where musical greats such as Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gladys Knight have performed. Culminating in the History & Heritage center, participants will see original pieces of Madame CJ Walker’s plant, business papers, and products. Experience the magic and be wowed by the history, culture, and beauty…schedule a tour TODAY!
To schedule a tour as a class field trip please email firstname.lastname@example.org and place “School Tour” in the subject line. In the body of your email, list the date, time, age group, grade, and number of students and chaperons
Tours are $8 for adults, $5 students, groups 10+ are $5 each.
Tours are available by appointment only, M-F 10am-4pm. Limited weekend tours available by appointment.