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Address: 302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
Phone Number: 260.426.2882
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 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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Local history made accessible

We enjoyed a trip to this museum as part of our Fort Wayne vacation. We thought it would be a great way to spend an hour, but we wish we had more time! Exhibits were surprisingly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
TGamble
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a trip to this museum as part of our Fort Wayne vacation. We thought it would be a great way to spend an hour, but we wish we had more time! Exhibits were surprisingly well done and interesting to more than just history buffs

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have just a short time, and you're into history, this is a quick visit. We saw everything in an hour. Interesting presidential display, railroad moguls from the city, plus the All American Girls Baseball local celebrity display. Also had some of the old jail available to walk through in the basement.

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Thank MsMelis66
Lakeland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The outside is a lovely building. Inside is a small but nice collection. I wouldn't spend much to get in, but the cost is only $6. We received free admission due to our membership in a historical society elsewhere. Spent only an hour there.

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Thank Janet S
Beecher, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

It is very good learning place to go. We enjoy this place very well. Have no problems here. You can see the old jail at this place here.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This place is really cool! You will enjoy everything about this place. I came here with a friend, and it was a blast. The old jail is probably my favorite part!

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Marion
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

The History center is in the old Fort Wayne City Hall building nicknamed the "Hapsburg Horror." As far as I know, the building isn't haunted and no violent crimes were committed there. In fact, people who committed crimes got to spend time in the basement jail. The name refers to the architectural style and the cost of construction. Free parking... More 

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Thank Paul S
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

Went to the Museum with four kids ranging from 4-12 years and they all loved the place. Includes a fun and creepy old jail, dollhouse and interesting items from Fort Wayne history. Great admission price plus it is free to the public during Saturday's in the summer during Barr St Market

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Thank Erin A
Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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.

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Thank vic219
Rome City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

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.

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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).

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