French Lick West Baden Museum

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French Lick West Baden Museum

French Lick West Baden Museum
4.5
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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gmaneis
Clinton, IN218 contributions
This is one of those hidden gem small town fun museums. Not hands on for kids, but it held the interest of our 3 grand-daughters, 11 to 7 years old. It's ADA compliant., and you are free to take your time to check out everything. The first part offers fantastic displays of items from the rich history of the area, even including the story of the first ever tomato juice sold in the USA. So much to read about, including the history of the two stunning hotels in town and the people who made them possible, and stuff about French Lick native Larry Bird of 1980's NBA fame, too. Our grand-daughters also really enjoyed the museum's highlight, a huge scale model display of the 1934 Hagenbeck Wallce Circus set up as it would have been for a show in a small town, complete with the process of unloading the show's train, parading the circus through the town, and best of all, the superbly detailed, colorful big top, side shows, and areas set up for the cast and crew, including a dining hall tent with place settings! Amazing detail with thousands of beautifully carved and painted scale human beings. This is not the nation's largest circus model, but it is absolutely huge and well worth the $8 adult admission charge. Air con on a 90 degree day is appreciated, too. We had fun! So will you! Don't miss this place! Friendly staff. Restrooms. Plenty of free parking. Next to an ice cream shop.
Written July 7, 2021
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Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written July 10, 2021
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towerkevin
Campbellsburg, IN39 contributions
Solo
Another great visit to this museum if you are a history buff, enjoy the local history of these two historic resort towns or a circus lover this is a must see when in the area. Very low entry cost and loaded with local history and the worlds largest circus diorama. Very impressed with the over all set up, quality, and items in the exhibits the staff is always freindly and very knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions. I would highly recommend this local museum to any and all visitors and any of the locals who have not seen all this museum has to offer it is in a nice location close to resturants and shopping and walking distance from the French lick Springs Resort. Stop by and visit you will not be disappointed.
Written August 15, 2020
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kentuckylongrifle
Independence, KY508 contributions
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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Tom
Danville, IN11 contributions
Highly recommend this little museum if you're in French Lick. Historically informative and great displays. The circus under glass that you walk around just tells a whole lot about the circus and it's very well done. The staff was very kind and the place is well kept.
Written September 17, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review! Glad you enjoyed!
Written September 18, 2020
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Cosmopolitan223892
10 contributions
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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Thanks for the review
Written January 15, 2020
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Steve P
Illinois115 contributions
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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Thanks for your review.
Written February 19, 2020
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Rae Ann H
Hartford City, IN249 contributions
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, KY1,057 contributions
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
Evansville113 contributions
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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hearts17
Carmel, IN91 contributions
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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