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Logan Cabin in old Fairfield, Indiana.  Built by Captain William Logan of the Revolutionary War ca 1809, photo 1934.

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Historical Museum Guide for Indiana

A directory of Historical Museums in Indiana, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Indiana?  A visit to these Indiana history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of early Indiana people and they way the lived.

Some of these Indiana history museums have virtual tours, Indiana place histories, Indiana genealogy data and old Indiana historic photos to view online.  These have been included, so sit back and visit historical Indiana from the comfort of home!

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Indiana History Museums

Allen County Chief Richardville's House

The house was built in 1827, making it the oldest Native American house in the heartland.  Home to chief of the Miami, Jean Baptiste Richardsville.  Recently opened to the public, the home is located at 5705 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, IN.

Old City Hall Historical Museum 

[History Center]

Located at 302 E. Berry in the historic downtown Fort Wayne, IN, the museum houses the History Center/ Allen County - Fort Wayne Historical Society.  Featured are exhibits covering the history of the area along with the history center where one can learn more about the heritage of Fort Wayne.

 

Boone County Thorntown Heritage Museum

The museum focuses on the history of the inhabitants of Thorntown and the surrounding area, including the Indians, pioneers, soldiers, farmers and all who took part in shaping this area of Indiana.  Located at 124 W. Main Street in Thorntown, the museum is housed in an 1867 home donated by Mrs. Harold S. Spencer.

 

Brown County Brown County Pioneer Village & Museum

Five historical buildings make up this museum complex consisting of a 2 story log jail, build 1879, a dog trot barn, 1898 office of Dr. Alfred J. Ralphy of New Bellsville, a log cabin and working blacksmith shop.  The museum and historical site are operated by the Brown County Historical Society.  Located on Old School Lane behind the Brown County Courthouse in Nashville, IN.

T. C. Steele State Historic Site

Last home and studio of Theodore Clement Steele, Indiana artist.  Located at 4220 T. C. Steele Rd. in Nashville, IN.

 

Carroll County

Carroll County Historical Society and Museum

Housed inside the Carroll County courthouse, the museum features many historical artifacts donated by pioneer families of Carroll County, IN.  Located in Dephi, IN.

 

Cass County

Cass Co. Historical Society and Museum

[History & Legends]  [Photo Tour]

The Jerolaman-Long home is the home to the Cass County Historical Society who operates the museum of historical artifacts related to the history of Cass County, IN.  Located at 1004 E. Market Street in Logansport, Indiana.

 

Clark County

Falls of the Ohio State Park 

[Visitor Info]  [Virtual Tour]

Visitors will find 386 million year old fossil beds along with a visitors center where they will learn about the fossil beds and see exhibits and a film.  Located at the west end of W. Riverside Drive in Clarksville, IN.

 

Dubois County

Dr. Ted's Musical Marvels

This is a unique museum featuring a huge collection of  music boxes, nickelodeons, mechanical musical instruments, street organs, player pianos and other pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Located on US 231 in Huntingburg, IN.

Dubois County History Museum

The museum features exhibits related to the German heritage and history of Dubois County.  Boasting an authentic log cabin and historical artifacts, the museum is known as the largest county museum in Indiana.  Located at 2704 Newton Street in Jasper, IN.

Huntingburg Museum

Devoted to the history of Huntingburg, Indiana, the museum features exhibits of was memorabilia, actual items from "A League of Their Own", and many historical artifacts, photographs and documents.  Located at 508 E. 4th Street in Huntingburg, IN.

 

Fulton County

 

Historical Marker - Trail of Death

Trail of Death Marker is located at Mud Creek, about 6 miles south of Rochester, Indiana.

Fulton County Museum

Operated by the Fulton County Historical Society, the museum includes the main museum building which has 17 rooms full of artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Fulton County along with the Tetzlaff Reference Room where you will find genealogy and history reference materials for research.  At the site, you will also find the 1924 Round Barn Museum which displays antique farm machinery and equipment.  Also located at the site is the living history Village of Loyal.  Step into the past of 1900.  This village offers 6 buildings, including the 1924 Paxton Round Barn, the 1832 William Polke House, which served as a stagecoach inn, the 1876 Rochester Train Depot and others. Located at 37 E 375 N in Rochester, Indiana.

Trail of Death

[History]

The Trail of Death was a tragic 1838 event in which the Potawatomi Indians were forcibly removed from Indiana to a reservation in Kansas, many getting sick and dying along the way.  Historical markers have been posted at each camp site along the trail to commemorate this sad event in history.

 

Gibson County Henager Memories and Nostalgia Museum

 

Hamilton County

Hamilton County Museum of History

Housed inside the old Hamilton County sheriff's residence and jail built 1875-76, the museum features collections and exhibits related to the history of Hamilton County, Indiana.  Located at 810 Conner Street in Noblesville, IN.

Conner Prairie   [History Online]

Learn what it was like to live on a farm in 1886 Liberty Corner or Tour 1823 Conner House.  Tour guides in costumes provide helpful insight into the past of Conner Prairie.  Located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, IN.

The Monon Depot Museum

Operated by the Carmel Clay Historical Society, the museum is housed inside the 1883 Monon Railroad depot.  Exhibits include artifacts and memorabilia related to the history of Bethlehem (Carmel) and the Railroad.  Located at 211 First Street SW in Carmel, IN.

 

Howard County Howard County Museum

Operated by the Howard County Historical Society, the museum is focused on the unique heritage of Howard County, Indiana.  Located at 1200 West Sycamore in Kokomo, IN.

 

Jennings County The North American House

Built in 1838 by Thomas J. Storey, the house served as a stagecoach stop and Inn.  The house has been preserved and renovated.  Today, visitors can visit the 3 story North American House to learn about the history of Vernon and Jennings County.  Located at 134 E. Brown Street in Vernon, IN.

 

Johnson County Johnson County Museum of History

 

La Porte County

Barker Mansion   [Barker Family History]

The 1857 mansion was once home to John H. Barker, a local millionaire who built the Haskel & Barker Railroad Car Company which later became Pullman-Standard.  Today tours are offered and visitors will delight in the beautiful furnishings, paintings and the way of life for the rich and famous during Victorian times.  The gardens are available for rental for events and weddings.  Located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN.

Door Prairie Auto Museum

This museum at one time featured the Kesling Automobile Collection.  Although this museum has closed, many of the autos are now on display in the La Porte County Historical Society Museum.

Hesston Steam Museum

Filled with steam powered machinery along with real steam 1/4 and 1/8 scale locomotives that can be ridden by visitors.  Located at 1201 East 1000 North, in La Porte, IN.

La Porte County Historical Society & Museum

The La Porte County Historical Society is housed inside a beautiful Colonial style building which was constructed in 1994 and features many building parts from local historical buildings.  Among them are doors from the Fildes Mansion, iron gates from Fox Woolen Mills.  Exhibits include historical artifacts and antiques related to the history of the area along with a research library where family history researchers will find many books, documents and items about local history.  Located at 2405 Indiana Avenue in La Porte, Indiana.

Old Lighthouse Museum

The only lighthouse in Indiana.  Operated by the Michigan City Historical Society in Michigan City, IN.

 

Lake County

Griffith Historical Park and Museum

Operated by the Griffith Historical Society, the historical park is mostly dominated by the old railroad depot and associated structures.  Located at 201 S. Broad Street in Griffith, IN.

Munster History Museum / Kaske House Museum

[Munster History]

Step back in time and learn what life was like in the early days of Munster, IN.  Housed inside the historic 1910 Kaske House, the museum is staffed by docent volunteers.  Located on the corner of Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue in Munster.

Lake County Historical Museum

This history museum located in the Old County Courthouse at Crown Point, IN, holds artifacts and memorabilia from the past of Lake County and is home to the Lake County Historical Society.

Merrillville-Ross Historical Museum

Dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of Merrillville.  Located at 13 W. 73rd Avenue in Merrillville, IN at the old town hall / primary school building.

 

Marshall County Marshall County Historical Society & Museum

Housed in the Lauer Building, the museum holds artifacts and items related to the history of Marshall County.  Researchers will find a research archives devoted to the documented history of Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, Donaldson, Inwood, Koontz Lake, LaPaz, Plymouth, Tippecanoe, Tyner and the surrounding area.  Located at 123 N. Michigan Street in Plymouth, IN.

 

Miami County Miami County Historical Society & Museum

 

Marion County

Fountain Square

Fountain Square was the first commercial historic district in Indiana.  Started in 1871, the complex of buildings has housed many theaters.  Today, it is a unique place to enjoy theater, duckpin bowling, antiquing, a soda fountain and many other shops to tickle your fancy.

Indiana State Museum of History 

Nestled inside White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum has 3 floors filled with Indiana history along with science, art and cultural exhibits.  Located at 650 W. Washington in Indianapolis, IN.

Indiana's State House

Indianapolis City Market

President Benjamin Harrison Home  [Virtual Tour]

State Soldiers and Sailors Monument

 

Montgomery County Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County

Housed in the former 1902 Crawfordsville Public Library building, the museum features 6 galleries of exhibits related to early history of Montgomery County, military, arts, literature, sports and pop culture and more.  Located at 222 S. Washington Street in Crawfordsville, IN.

DAR House

Located at 400 E. Pike Street in Crawfordsville, it is shown by appointment only.

General Lew Wallace Study and Museum

The architecture alone is interesting to see.  Built over a period of 3 years 1895-1898, the building now houses artifacts and memorabilia from the lifetime of General Lew Wallace who authored Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Henry Smith Lane Historic Home

This beautiful Antebellum Mansion was built in 1845, part of the Elston Grove Historic District, features original period furnishings.  Located on the same grounds is the Speed Log Cabin which was part of the Underground Railroad.  You will find "Lane Place" at 212 Water Street in Crawfordsville, IN.

Linden Depot

A 1907 Railroad Depot houses the collections from the Monon and Nickel Plate railroads who operated there.  Museum location is 520 N. Main Street, Linden IN.

Midtown Museum of Native Cultures

The museum features Indian artifacts and information and includes a children's activity room.  Located at 102 E. Washington Street in Waynetown, IN.

Old Jail Museum

An old rotary jail built in 1882, the only one left which is still in operating condition, now houses a museum about the history of the jail itself along with culture and history of Montgomery County.  Location is 225 N. Washington Street in Crawfordsville, IN.

Ropkey Armor Museum

Displays a collection of military vehicles which have been used in many movies.

Monroe County

Farmer House Museum

Visitors may tour this 19th and 20th century residence located at 529 N. College in Bloomington, IN.

Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

The 1892 farmstead was donated by Daisy Garton to the Monroe County Historical society and features two homes on 11 acres with extensive grounds and 4 outbuildings.  Currently, an exhibit about Hinkle Sandstone Company is featured during the farmstead's monthly open house.  The farmstead is available for event rentals.  Located at 2920 E. 10th Street in Bloomington, IN.

Indiana University Art Museum

Featuring collections of historic and fine arts, the museum is located at 1133 E. 7th Street in Bloomington, IN.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Learn about distant places and cultures throughout the world.  Located at 416 North Indiana Avenue in Bloomington, IN.

Monroe County History Center

A place to learn about the culture and heritage of Monroe County, Indiana with over 50,000 artifacts.  You will also find a genealogy library within the building.  Address is 202 E. Sixth Street, Bloomington, IN.

Wylie House Museum

Wylie House was home to Andrew Wylie, first president of Indiana University.  Built in 1835, the house has been restored and features a blend of Federal and Georgian style architecture.  Visitors will step back into the past and enjoy the early history of the Wylie House.  Located at 307 East Second Street in Bloomington, IN.

 

Ohio County Ohio County Historical Museum

Operated by the Ohio County Historical Society.  Located at 212 S. Walnut in Rising Sun, IN.

 

Porter County

Porter County Museum

Operated by the Historical Society of Porter County, this historical museum is housed inside the old jail.  Located next to the Memorial Opera House at 153 Franklin Street in Valparaiso, IN.

Westchester Township History Museum

The museum traces the history of the township from the glacial era to the present with permanent and changing exhibits. Special collections from the Prairie Club and the Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary are also on display. The museum is funded and operated by Westchester Public Library. It is housed in the historic Brown Mansion which was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Tours of the house and exhibits are available Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment at (219)983-9715. The museum store offers a variety of books, photographs, stationery, replica toys, crafts and much more relating to the history of Westchester Township and the Indiana Dunes. Museum staff are ready to help with local history and genealogy research.

Located at 700 W. Porter Ave. in Chesterton, IN.

Email at museum@wpl.lib.in.us or call (219) 983-9715 to make an appointment with a researcher.

 

Posey County Historic New Harmony

[History and Background of New Harmony]

Visitors will explore and learn about the history of this All tours begin in the Atheneum / Visitors Center,  Conducted walking tours are offered which will include an orientation film, Atheneum exhibits and access into several historic sites.  Tours last approximately 2 to 3 hours.  Visitors will travel back in time as they explore the 1775 double log cabin, the 1829 Beal House, the Rapp-Owen Granary, the MacLeod Barn Abbey, a roofless church, the David Lenz House, Thrall's Opera House, and even the challenge of an historical foliage labyrinth.  Some of the facilities are available for rental.  The Atheneum / Visitors Center is located along the Wabash River at 401 N. Arthur Street in New Harmony, IN.

 

Randolph County Randolph county Historical Society and Museum
416 S. Meridian St.
Winchester, IN 47394 

 

St. Joseph County Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum

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A interactive museum where children can learn about science and history.  Historical items include Native American artifacts, antique tools, old musical instruments, period furniture, fossils, rocks, mastodon bones, firefighting equipment and other historical artifacts are on display and can be touched.  Located at 1402 South Main Street in Mishawaka, IN.

Northern Indiana Center for History

 

Spencer County Lincoln Pioneer Village

A village made up of log cabins, public buildings, schools and churches depicted as they were in the days of Abraham Lincoln.  Located in Rockport City Park.

 

Starke County Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum  [Photo Archive]

 

Steuben County Cline Memorial House Museum

Devoted to the documentation of the lives of the Cline and Cameron families, the museum is filled with treasures dating from 1900.  Located at 313 E. Maumee Street in Angola, IN.

 

Sullivan County Sullivan County Historical Museum

Displaying the history of Sullivan County, the museum is housed in an 1887 building which was originally The Arcade Saloon.  Address is 10 South Court Street in Sullivan, IN.

 

Tippecanoe County

Historic Ninth Street Hill

Museum at Prophetstown

Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum

[Battle of Tippecanoe History]

Located just 7 miles north of Lafayette, is the battlefield where the famed Battle of Tippecanoe took place.  See where Tecumseh and The Prophet, two Shawnee brothers fought against the settlers for a way of life.  The museum offers displays and information related to the Battle of Tippecanoe plus many Native American artifacts.  During the Feast of the Hunters Moon, living history and live music make this a delightful excursion.

Tippecanoe County Historical Museum

Housed in the Moses Fowler House, built ca 1851-52, this museum offers exhibits relating the early history of Tippecanoe County.  The George Winter collection of Native American paintings and manuscripts are housed at this location also.  It is currently closed for renovations but is still available for rental and by reservation.  Located at 909 South Street in Lafayette, IN.

 

Vanderburgh County

Angel Mounds State Historic Site  

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Nationally recognized as one of the best preserved examples of prehistoric Native Americans, the site was once a town which was home to the Middle Mississippian people between 1100 and 1450 AD.  Archaeological research has been conducted at the site since 1945 and an interpretive center is there to offer information and displays.  Located at 8215 Pollack Ave in Evansville, IN.

 

Vermilion County

Old County Jail and Museum

The museum is housed inside the old Vermilion County Jail.  Tours are available by appointment only.  Located at 220 E. Market Street in Newport, IN.

Skinner Farm Village and Museum  [Photos]

Step back in time when you visit this "small village" made up of original log cabins, historical buildings, a round ban and many artifacts related to the history of Indiana.  You will learn the way of life of early Indiana settlers such as farming, weaving, blacksmithing and more.  Located in Perrysville, IN.

Vermilion County War Museum

Housed inside the 1903 original public library building, the museum features historical artifacts and memorabilia from all of the wars America has been involved in.  Located at 307 N. Vermilion Street in Danville, IL.

 

Vigo County Vigo County Historical Museum [Tour]

This museum is operated by the Vigo County Historical Society and is housed inside the 1868 Sage-Robison-Nagel house.  Featuring 12 rooms of history, the museums holds exhibits and historical artifacts related to Terre Haute, Vigo County and the Wabash Valley.  Visitors who are conducting research will find a collection of research materials including photos, documents and books.  Located at 1411 S. 6th Street in Terre Haute, IN.

Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum

The museum is a tribute to the men and women of the railroad industry.  Located at 1316 Plum Street in Terre Haute, IN.

 

Wabash County Wabash County Historical Museum

Dedicated to the preservation and display of early life in Wabash County, the museum offers historical artifacts and documents as exhibits beginning with a short orientation film: "Wabash County: A Journey Through Time".  Location is 36 East Market Street in Wabash, IN.

 

Washington County

 The Depot Railroad Museum

John Milton Hay Birthplace

Stevens Memorial Museum

The museum which houses the Washington County Historical Society, features exhibits of Washington County history and a genealogy library.  Built in 1970 from bricks which were taken from various historic structures in Salem, the museum has become a complex of museums.  The John Hay Center focuses on the life of John Milton Hay, secretary to Abraham Lincoln.  Found behind the museum is Pioneer Village, a delightful replica of an 1830's village with a jail, blacksmith shop, school, church, and other structures typical of this time period.  Visit it at 307 E. Market Street, Salem IN.

 

Wayne County Wayne County Historical Museum

Housed inside what was once known as the Friends Meeting House, Wayne County Historical Society has acquired many heirlooms and memorabilia from the community along with some historical buildings which include an 1812 log school house and an 1823 log house.  Visitors will find a Conestoga covered wagon, horse drawn carriages, antique automobiles, Civil War artifacts and many other items related to the history of Wayne County and the surrounding area.  Located at 1150 North A Street in Richmond, IN.

 

Wells County

Wells County Historical Society & Museum

 

White County White County Historical Museum

Home to the White County Historical Society who collects, preserves and displays artifacts and memorabilia about White County, Indiana history.  Originally a library, the museum is located at 101 South Bluff, and is one of Monticello's most historic structures.

 

White County

Whitley County Historical Museum

Housed inside the house which was home to Thomas Riley Marshall, Indiana Governor and 28th Vice President of the U.S., the museum complex brings the history of Whitley County to life for it's visitors.  Located at 108 W. Jefferson Street in Columbia City, IN.

 

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