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Address: 302 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone Number: 260.426.2882
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Nice for a quick visit

This is a great stop for a quick visit. It offers a nice overview of Fort Wayne history but doesn't go too much in depth.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rome City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For those with an interest in Indiana, specifically Allen County history this place is a must see. The displays are changed regularly and are well curated and focused. The museum offers periodic talks by experts. Learn something new on each trip.

Thank vic219
Rome City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great stop for a quick visit. It offers a nice overview of Fort Wayne history but doesn't go too much in depth.

Thank TracyHoot
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Take your kids to the gingerbread house exhibits at the end of November. They have houses made by small children and professionals. They also sell gingerbread cookies (bring cash for those, but you can use a credit card to get in).

Thank NanaFradette
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a standard town museum with the highlights of the town. The industrial side was interesting and of course the jail. Visist if you have time

Thank 1Bustrav
Woodstock, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Friendly staff. Interesting exhibits. Jail was the highlight of the visit. Thank you for preserving history, and this beautiful building.

Thank shannah76
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

As with all of the museums in Fort Wayne, if you have been once, not much will change when you visit again. Lots of static displays, and lots of hidden history in storage! I wish something could be done to get the history more interactive for the daily visitor.

Thank elledavenport
bronx ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

At lot of history on fort wayne! the front lady was so nice! the jail downstairs is pretty awesome. really worth the money. Count on spending 1-2 hours.

1 Thank wearetheones
Markle, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Fort Wayne History Center is well worth the visit. December is the best time to go when you can also view the Gingerbread Festival. Grandchildren will absolutely love it! It is a tradition in our family. The granddaughters pick their favorite each year and get their photo taken with it. The museum is a delight, but the festival is... More 

1 Thank Beverly H
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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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.

1 Thank MrPerson871
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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.

1 Thank BiggVikesFan80

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