Miss Ruth Lilly

Ruth Lilly made many generous gifts to The Children’s Museum, including support fpr the Take Me There gallery, which is home to series of exhibits focused on daily life in a foreign country. Pictures here is the Coffee House from the first such exhibit,Take Me There: Egypt.

Ruth Lilly (1915–2009), the daughter of J. K. Lilly Jr., continued the generous pattern of philanthropic support established by her family, contributing in excess of $2 million to various projects at The Children’s Museum prior to her passing in 2010. Significant gifts during her lifetime included $500,000 to the You Can Build a Mind Campaign (1986), $1 million to the Library Endowment (2000–2001), and $500,000 to the Take Me There® (2006) gallery.

After her passing, her generous support of the museum has continued through gifts from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation, managed by her nephew Eli “Ted” Lilly Jr., with significant gifts in support of both the Children’s Museum Fund (annual operating campaign) and the renovation of Playscape.