Vigo County Historical Society & Museum

Vigo County Historical Society & Museum

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Vigo County Historical Museum is located on the National Road in downtown Terre Haute...the Crossroads of America. The 34,000 square foot facility offers you a 21st century experience while you learn the stories of Vigo County from the last 200 years. The Museum is operated by the Vigo County Historical Society, which was formed in 1922. A group of dedicated staff and volunteers want to make your visit a fun and informative experience. With exhibits that change throughout the year, our goal is to entice you to come back again and again. The Society also operates and maintains the Paul Dresser Birthplace located in Fairbanks Park. The Museum is fully accessible for all to enjoy. There are over 200 street parking spaces within 3 blocks of the Museum, as well as 2 parking garages 3-4 blocks away. The Apgar Soda Shop and the Main Street Gifts & Gallery are open to visitors without paying admission to the Museum.
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basketsRmine
Arcola, IL258 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Well, since we are oldsters celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary, we thought we would just make a day trip to Terre Haite to see the Vigo County museum. It was stocked full of interesting tidbits about Terre Haute that we never knew about. We had a great time!
Written September 3, 2022
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Alhoosier
Huntsville, AL65 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We loved this museum. Very well laid out and very informative. The displays were well done and interesting. The staff were very kind. We ended our visit with coke floats! Would recommend this museum to anyone interested in the history of the area.
Written June 18, 2022
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Porthos7
West Chester, OH6,190 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
Wow! What a place! Start with the GIANT wall-billboard outside, and then head into one of the most diverse, eclectic and interesting museums I've ever experienced! SO much to see, and plenty of beautiful, historical and one of a kind items in the collection! Handicap accessible-including an elevator, and you'll need about 2 hours (yes, there's that much to see!). Race to this place...it's incredible!
Written March 21, 2021
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beetcanner
Southern Nevada623 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
The Sage Robinson Nagel House is home to the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum. It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and closed on Monday and all of January. Three floors present Vigo County and Terre Haute history in about 18 separate areas. The highlights include: Military Room (1812 to present), Ladies Dress Shop, toy shop, Bindley Pharmacy collection (early 1900s), Tool room (1880s) displaying carpentry, cabinetry, cobbler, farming implements and tools. See a kitchen wood stove, a kitchen gas stove, a wash boiler, spinning wheels, a loom, horse bridles, tack, saddles and tools of the era. Also, on display see dental instruments from 1900-1910 and thank heaven for your current dentist. Also, medical instruments from the late 1800s give you pause for thought. One hallway is devoted to Coca-Cola. The original bottle was designed here in Terre Haute (winner of the 1915 design competition) by the Root Glass Co. Also see a Victorian master bedroom and child's nursery. A small display of the early history of Saint Mary of the Woods is next to the Christmas display. The museum is clean, fairly well lit with decent signage for each display. Admission is free. Enjoy a walk down memory lane and discover facts you didn't know about where you live.
Written December 11, 2014
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Hoosierfan55
Terre Haute, IN26 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Hard working staff and volunteers, great displays, purchased a new building and getting funding in plce to make the move. A wonderful, longstanding local organization.
Written February 19, 2016
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ruthnasser
Terre Haute, IN5 contributions
Apr 2015
I dare you to go inside and not learn new interesting facts about our great town. A large Coca-Cola display, stiffy green, and so much more
Written April 8, 2015
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DaphneCat2
Terre Haute, IN11 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
I really enjoyed the museum. It's well organized and fun to visit. I also recommend getting a float at the soda shop.
Written August 15, 2020
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Michelle F
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
All of it actually.. Their set up and the showcase and explanation of exhibits were top..

I loved the Grieiner Corner!!
Written July 10, 2020
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Jennifer P
Indiana4 contributions
Dec 2019
The new location for the museum provides expanded exhibits of Terre Haute's interesting history. From the exhibit of famous Hautians to the exhibits of historic downtown and immigrants who contributed to the city's growth. Downtown has become a center for museums that also include the Swope Art Museum, Military Veterans Museum, Clabber Girl Musem of early settlers and the soon to be Larry Bird Museum once the Convention Center constructed is completed.
Written December 13, 2019
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David B
17 contributions
Sep 2019
The Vigo County Historical Society Museum is an interesting and important attraction for Terre Haute. It is well-curated and very informative. In particular, I learned about Root Glass of Terre Haute as the originators of the iconic Coca-Cola bottle that is known all over the world. I also learned about how people emigrated to Terre Haute from all over the world, and the many skills they brought to the region.
Written October 18, 2019
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Vigo County Historical Society & Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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