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“Worth checking out.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Claus Museum

Santa Claus Museum
69 State Road 245, Santa Claus, IN 47579
812-544-2434
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Santa Claus
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The story of Santa Claus, Indiana comes alive in the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Explore the town's famous history in the Santa Claus Museum. Visit the beautiful, 1880 Santa Claus Church. Stop by the giant Santa Claus Statue, built in 1935 and standing 22-feet-tall. Spend some time in the Original, Santa Claus Post Office, and write your free letters to Santa. Don't forget to include your name and address, as Santa and his Elves will write back close to Christmas!
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Worth checking out.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This free museum recently moved to a new location and some items are still in storage. It is worth stopping to check out the history of Santa Claus, Indiana. It is a small museum, but has some really touching stories about the people who were integral in the creation of the town and of Holiday World.

There are old school desks where children are encouraged to sit and write a letter to Santa. The staff member that was there when we stopped was very personable and knowledgeable.

Visited August 2012
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Kentucky
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
“Nice facility with a nice little collection...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Santa Museum was probably the best thing in Santa Claus, IN that we got to see. It is a history of the city and you get to learn about how the name changed from Santa Fe, IN to Santa Claus and about Jim Yelling who was the "Santa" of Santa Claus. There are several letter displays from letters that children had written to Santa and mailed to the town from years past. CHildren can write letters to santa in old school desks and mail them at the museum. This museum is free and relies on donations. Several big named celebrities like John Ritter, Bette Davis and Barry Manilow have also visited the town and donated dollars to the museum. There is a big display of all the celebrities who have visited. It was a neat stop.

Visited September 2012
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Springfield, Illinois
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“New and still small, but great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

The Santa Claus Museum is new and on the small side, but it's free and a great place to visit. Loved the room with the desks for the children to write a letter to Santa, and really enjoyed the memorabilia inside the roooms. The church located on-site is beautiful, as well as the huge 1935 Santa Claus statue.

It seems that the location of the museum has changed from some of the earlier tripadvisor reviews; it is now located outside of town just before the Candy Castle.

Not a destination in and of itself but something not to miss if driving through town.

Visited August 2012
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Bexley, OH
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Worth A Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

If you are traveling to the odd (meaning that in the best way possible) little town of Santa Claus, IN, you might as well add this place to your stops.

Here children are invited to sit at old school desks and write a letter to Santa. Once written, they can drop the letters into a mailbox that goes straight to Santa. Of course, children need to jingle the bells to make the elves aware a new letter has been deposited.

There is more to this small museum, that is free, it features the history of the town, Santa Claus, the theme park, Holiday World, and Santa. Donations are accepted to help cover postage to for the letters Santa writes back to children and overall operating costs of museum. I was happy to make a donation.

If you are into small town American history, history of how Holiday World came to what it is today, or just a child at heart, you will find something interesting here. There is something for every age. I found it most interesting getting insight into this odd little town, from someone that lives there.

Some of the letters that Santa has received over the years are posted for people to read, adults will surely find a few laughs as they flip through them. Very entertaining.

Visited August 2012
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Highland, Illinois
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

It's free!! The kids can write a letter to santa! How much fun! I have to admit there wasnt a lot for the adults to do but still worth the stop.

Visited July 2012
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