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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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bronx ny
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195 reviews 195 reviews
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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.

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Markle, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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21 helpful votes 21 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
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4 helpful votes 4 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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78 helpful votes 78 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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32 helpful votes 32 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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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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14 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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