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History Center

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This museum is small but well done. It explored the prehistoric until today. It is a tribute that... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
Donnagay A
Kaysville, Utah
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Impressive holdings in a beautiful building!

The History Center has an amazing collection of documents and artifacts that document the history... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Fort Wayne, IN
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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...more
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

This museum is small but well done. It explored the prehistoric until today. It is a tribute that they have utilized an original building to house history. Worth the time to visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Donnagay A
Reviewed June 27, 2018

The History Center has an amazing collection of documents and artifacts that document the history of this geographical area. There is an array of material about the founding of the city. The building itself provides a window into times gone by, including the old jail...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

A visit here allows a tourist or local resident to uncover many of the significant contributions to the city’s economic history. Worth the time and effort! Try it!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank DennyB510
Reviewed March 25, 2018

First off, I have to disclose that my husband and I are huge history buffs. We have visited several cities and towns for the purpose of visiting museums, learning about its architectural history and enjoying local food. We had high hopes for Fort Wayne since...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Melissa J
Reviewed November 13, 2017

The director was wonderful and helpful, the room was beautiful, and the building unique and interesting for our guests.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

A visit here allows a tourist or local resident to uncover many of the significant contributions to the city’s economic history. Worth the time and effort!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank DennyB510
Reviewed November 9, 2017

This was City Hall and the police station for many years. Morphing into the History Center is a logical use for the building. Fort Wayne is the home of many inventions including the automatic gas pump and television. In addition, they host meetings and private...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 7, 2017

The Ft. Wayne History Center is quite educational and interesting. There are several rooms of displays dating back to from before the city was founded up to present times. Most of the exhibits are on one floor, but if you go up to the second...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

The. History. Museum. In. The. Old. City. Hall. Had. Lots. Of. Enjoyable memorable Seen. Displays. That. We're. Not. In. Other. Museums we. Visited. On this. Trip. Not large. But. Good. In. Quality

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank rileypickles
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

This is a museum. They have done an excellent job of gathering local history and presenting it in an interesting fashion. This building is beautiful! It is the former city hall/jail. Be sure to visit the jail in the basement. The kids always find this...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Alane J
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We are in the early stages of planning a trip out west. I am thinking 10-12 days but can add a day or two more if needed. I did some searching around and found a thread from about two years ago that appeared to be hitting all of my faves but the author didn't have enough days to add Sequioa. I copied a suggested itinerary (hope that is okay) from the comments and was hoping you experts could help me add in Sequioa since we will have a few more days. And since it is 2 years old please let me...More
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Response frombelomiser|
SF LA take 3-4 days each and YNP 2-3 days plus Monterey for 1-2 days and then Cambria for a day This is fine but you may want to stay in YNP for the 2 days you are there and save SEKI for another time unless you have a day or two more
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Planning a summer road trip that will begin in NJ and cross through Pittsburgh en route to Chicago and various stops in between. We have two full days in Pittisburgh June 27-28 (Thurs & Fri). Kids aged 15, 13, 11, and 5. Have a hotel ressie at Spring Hill Suites North Shore. Plan on going to Pirates game on Friday night, June 28. Have accumulated a list of things to do and am now trying to distill it into a semblance of a plan. Our present museum considerations are: Carnegie Museum of...More
January 22, 2013|
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Down the Pittsburgh page a little, are some really good multi-post threads on overall attractions/ideas. If you have not done so, I'd browse through them, just to make sure you've got it all covered. Then, depending on how much of a planner you are, you just "slot" it in - I use google maps to help me out when I plan tours and travel plans. I just keep filling in destinations and come up with a master "map". Alternatively, there are websites and apps that let you create travel plans on-line...More
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I'll be visiting Atlanta for the first time this March to run the Georgia Marathon, and plan to do as much sightseeing as possible while I'm there. Can you please critique my itinerary? I plan to use the CityPass. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks! Fri: *Dinner at Woodfire Grill Sat: *Marathon Expo *Lunch at Flip Burger *High Museum of Art/Atlanta History Center (Not sure which one yet. I enjoy both art and history, but will only select one. Thoughts?) *Dinner at La Grotta ...More
December 26, 2010|
Response fromJAtlanta|
It looks like you have a wonderful trip planned. Here are my thoughts: Friday: you're in for a treat. Make sure you have reservations. Saturday: I recommend the High Museum provided that the Dali exhibit is still here. It's a great exhibit. The Atlanta History Center is good for a glimpse at local history and learning about the Olympics, but my preference is the high provided that the traveling collection is a good one. I have only been to the La Grotta at the Perimeter and was not...More