French Lick West Baden Museum

French Lick West Baden Museum

French Lick West Baden Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsChildren's MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The French Lick West Baden Museum, located in downtown French Lick, is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Springs Valley. Visit today and learn about our amazing hotels, railways, casinos, sports, and the amazing Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. Admission is $10 Adults $8 Students + Seniors Ages 12 & Under $6 Ages 5 & Under Free
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Cosmopolitan223892
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You feel as if you have stepped back into history. It is amazing how these two towns grew up next to each other and developed such different personalities. French Lick is like new money young. West Baden is seasoned and stately. There is so much at the museum to make you wish you had been born at that time.
Written January 14, 2020
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Written January 15, 2020
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Steve P
Illinois107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The circus was a big part of the area and the displays in the museum reflect this. A huge miniature circus is the high light. Well worth the time.

This was my second visit in about 5 years. And, I will go again in another 5 years. There's nothing wrong here, just little new to see.
Written February 18, 2020
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Written February 19, 2020
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Becky052
Thomasville, GA414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Lisa was an excellent hostess - we felt like we had a new friend. The museum is small but worth every minute, especially if you knew nothing about the area when you arrived. An unbelievable circus collection. I also recommend reading, So Cold the River, a fictionalized version of French Lick/West Baden history.
Written June 17, 2023
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kentuckylongrifle
Independence, KY505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was a last minute idea while we were deciding where to eat before leaving for home. I don't know why we didn't consider it earlier as we all love museums and really enjoyed our visit here. From commemorating the early days of French Lick with it's gambling history, it's black history and local celebrity Larry Bird there was much to look at. All three of us loved the circus exhibit. The diorama's were marvelous. We spent about 60 minutes touring the museum only because we were running short on time. But I think 90 minutes to 2 hours is a good idea for those who really like to read all of the exhibits. Not sure if we'll do it again if back in town, but we really enjoyed our visit there.
Written July 11, 2021
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Thank you for the wonderful review!
Written July 27, 2021
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Rae Ann H
Hartford City, IN264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a nice little museum at a reasonable price. Exhibits about Larry Byrd, the circus, and the local history. The director was very knowledgeable and great to talk with.
More for adults than kids.
I would highly recommend.
Written March 13, 2020
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realtortothestars
Louisville, KY1,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
We drive out to Fench lick yesterday to see thw hotel. I have family in town and though being outdoors and taking a drive would be nice to get out. When we arrived the hotel was closed to visitors. They are open to guest staying there,but you cannot go on property. The gates are closed. We went around the back to see if i could show her thw building and managed to get a photo from the car. If you want a very secure hotel to stay at and peaceful this is the place
Written September 12, 2020
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Lisa P
Evansville111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I was not expecting the amount of knowledge from our tour guide. Most know the back stories of West Baden and French Lick but our guide gave us more. Even the information on the traveling circuses that at one time criss-crossed the country was amazing. Its reasonably priced admission for the amount of information. Must visit when in Orange County.
Written July 4, 2015
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PixieLu17
Carmel, IN99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This little museum was worth our visit. We learned about the history of the area, the resorts and waters, Larry Bird, and the circus that overwintered in French Lick way back when. The exhibits were in good condition, and the circus display was amazing! The museum has a little shop that can be accessed without paying for the museum, and it is attached to an ice cream shop.
Written June 9, 2019
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Hoosiertraveller77
Lebanon IN24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were so glad that we discovered and visited the French Lick West Baden Museum before visiting the grand hotels. It's across the street from the French Lick Hotel and has a large public parking area in front of it. It has many fine displays beginning with the Buffalo Trace that led the first settlers to the area, and the remarkable stories of the two men (one quite notorious!), who, in the early 1800's, bought the sulphur springs and proceeded to make millions on their investment. The exhibits give you a greater appreciation of what a "big deal" these two glamorous hotels were, with multiple trains bringing guests each day. The springs' "Pluto Water" was marketed nationwide. A circus was owned by one of the early owners and there is an immense diorama (in miniature) of a midwest town and a circus parade, and an equally large re-creation of a giant circus tent with all the relevant circus events displayed as well. It's a very well done museum and well worth the $8 adult, $7 senior and $2 child admission.
Written August 6, 2018
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Lilhermans04
Bowling Green, KY119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was a nice little museum. The Pluto water was really cool to learn about. Also I had no idea that tomato juice started in French Lick. I loved reading and see all the history of both hotels/resorts. The circus exhibit was the largest I have ever seen. It was very cool. Also the ice cream and coffee shop right next door was good and very cute!
Written February 18, 2018
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