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History Center

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Address: 302 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone Number: 260.426.2882
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: As the name implies, the organization is a history museum which collects...
As the name implies, the organization is a history museum which collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets objects and images which relate to past people and events of the local community. Founded in 1921, the Society has grown from a small exhibit assembled by the DAR and shown at the Allen County Courthouse to be the largest locally relevant historical museum in northeastern Indiana. The collection has expanded to over 27,000 objects and thousands of images. The History Center now occupies the Old City Building, circa 1893. In addition, the Society acquired the 1827 Chief Richardville house in 1991, and the Barr Street Market in 1991.
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Love the local history

We love learning about local history and the history museum is a nice and inexpensive family place to go. The best part is the jail in the basement. Downsides are that exhibits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We love learning about local history and the history museum is a nice and inexpensive family place to go. The best part is the jail in the basement. Downsides are that exhibits never ever change.

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BiggVikesFan80
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My 3year old son and I went recently. It was neat to see the old jail in the basement. My son also enjoyed the small section about trains.

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Fort Wayne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Located in the old city hall, you can see all kinds of exhibts, they are rotated to keek it fresh. Don't forget to see the old lock up in the basement, check out the cells nothing has changed.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This restored building is home to a lot of things showing the past of Fort Wayne and Allen County. To really take in what the History Center has to offer, you may want to plan spending a couple of hours there. It is three floors of different displays telling the history of the city, with the first and second floors... More 

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Denver, CO
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110 reviews 110 reviews
27 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I had no idea Ft. Wayne could claim so many industrial innovations. including tellevision, Webcor recorders, music industry mixing, plus their railroading history. About 1 hour to 90 minutes.

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Brown Deer, Wisconsin
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Nice little history center. I really liked seeing the old jail in the Basement. Not very big, but it is the actual jail that was used into the 1970's. The building was the old City Hall, great building to see. This was my first visit to Fort Wayne. I was only in Fort Wayne for the weekend and this center... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

The jail in the basement is a must see. Liked the exhibits that showed items made in Indiana. I was curious about what was in the beautiful building. Glad I checked it out.

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Michigan
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148 reviews 148 reviews
14 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The history center is fascinating and well done. I just wish we had been given a pamphlet/short summary description to correspond with the exhibits as we wish to learn more. Perhaps the receptionist could have explained more Or offered any advice as to how to traverse the museum. It was a delight and well worth the $5 to see. Free... More 

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Fairlawn, Ohio
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This museum is in the old city hall, which moved in 1971. The building is made of stone and looks sort of like a castle, which is what got me there to begin with. Inside you learn of the history of Fort Wayne, from an actual Fort to a canal town, rail town, and then a city for manufacturing. The... More 

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Fort Wayne, IN
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Beautiful old restored building with many different types of displays of Fort Wayne and Allen County history. Check out the former judges chambers... a beautiful room for events. They hold the Festival of Gingerbread in this area. Three floors of exhibits. Has an elevator for first and second floor. The old jail is in the basement... in the same condition... More 

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