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Address: 302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
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+1 260-426-2882
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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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A joyful holiday visit

Family visit to the Ginger Bread Festival with our grandson. Our first time there for the festival event. Very impressive. All the various age groups kinder garden to adult as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 31, 2016
Bruce B
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fort wayne
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New Haven, Indiana
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

The museum is a slice of Allen county history. Don't miss a visit to the former jail in the basement. It's a bit eerie but interesting nonetheless. The Festival of Gingerbread is also well worth making time to see. Creations are crafted by people of all ages and skills. Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite for the... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

The History Center was very interesting. Since we were there for our nephew's wedding, we didn't have time to tour the entire building. I would like to return at another time. It was a perfect location for the wedding and reception! A lovely celebration 🎉

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Thank SusieG777
fort wayne
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Family visit to the Ginger Bread Festival with our grandson. Our first time there for the festival event. Very impressive. All the various age groups kinder garden to adult as well as professional chefs. Great to see awards catagorized by groups to be fair. My favorite was the replication of the original Zesto's on Broadway. Detailed Altherr way down the... More 

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Thank Bruce B
Hersey, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The Gingerbread House contest was in this building 12-3-16 and it included submissions ranging from pre-k up to and including chef's entries. The museum itself had quite a few interesting things to see.

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Thank Cheryl D
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I visited it with my sister, nephew, niece and godson. First, the building is beautiful. Built in the 1800's. It is one of the old city halls. It has many things to see inside. In the basement, it has the old jail cells and upstairs the courtroom has been renovated to it's original colors from the time period. The main... More 

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Thank jbenimble
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 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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Thank TGamble
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

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 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 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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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Scott D
Sykesville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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