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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
Old City Hall Historical Museum
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.
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 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.
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 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 Co. Historical Society and Museum
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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.
Falls of the Ohio State Park
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Henager Memories and Nostalgia Museum
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
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,
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,
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.
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
Johnson County Museum of History
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Barker Mansion [Barker Family History]
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
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
lighthouse in Indiana. Operated by the Michigan City
Historical Society in Michigan City, IN.
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
Indiana's State House
Indianapolis City Market
President Benjamin Harrison Home [Virtual Tour]
State Soldiers and Sailors Monument
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.
Built in 1882, the Elston Memorial Home is located at 400 E.
Wabash Avenue 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
Antebellum Mansion was built in 1845, part of the
Elston Grove Historic District, features original period
furnishings. Located on the same grounds is the
Cabin which was part of the Underground Railroad. You will
find "Lane Place" at 212 Water Street in Crawfordsville, IN.
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
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
collection of military vehicles which have been used in many
Farmer House Museum
Visitors may tour this 19th and 20th century residence located
at 529 N. College in Bloomington, IN.
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
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
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 research 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,
Rising Sun Indiana Historyl Museum
Operated by the Ohio County Historical Society,
the museum is housed inside a 19th century plow factory.
Displays of artifacts and historical objects are focused on the
early life of residents of Ohio County, Indiana in the 1800s and
early 20th century. Located
at 212 S. Walnut in Rising Sun, IN.
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,
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or call (219) 983-9715 to make an appointment with a researcher.
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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
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 Historical Society and Museum
416 S. Meridian St.
Winchester, IN 47394
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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
Lincoln Pioneer Village
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.
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
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
Sullivan County Historical Museum
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.
Historic Ninth Street Hill
Museum at Prophetstown
Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum
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.
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.
Angel Mounds State Historic Site
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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
Wells County Historical Society & Museum
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.
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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