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“Nice museum, but could have more displays”
Review of Santa Claus Museum

Santa Claus Museum
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Santa Claus
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The story of Santa Claus, Indiana, comes alive at the Santa Claus Museum & Village. Explore the town's famous history in the Santa Claus Museum and pick up the perfect souvenir in the gift shop. Visit the beautiful, 1880 Santa Claus Church and the giant Santa Claus Statue, built in 1935 and standing 22-feet-tall. Spend some time in the Original Santa Claus Post Office and write your free letters to Santa. Don't forget to include your name and address... Santa and his Elves will write back in December!
Troy, Ohio
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82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice museum, but could have more displays”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

I really liked reading about how the town of Santa Claus came to be! I loved reading the old letters to Santa--some dating clear back to the 30's. The only thing I would have liked to see would be old Santa costumes, or Santa memorabilia.

Visited December 2013
Thank Ilovetotravel96
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013

It is so nice lot's of nice things in there. Toys,clothes,candy,hat's and post cards. They also have all sorts of information on santa claus In.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank rns52
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morton, illinois
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78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I feel like the Grinch giving this a bad mark, but it is an odd little museum. Not a lot to see and much of it seemed to be more focused on a) the guy who created Holiday World, and b) how the town got it's name. Since it is called the 'Santa Claus' museum, I was expecting Santa Claus the guy, but it is actually Santa Claus the town, they are promoting.

The photo op with the Santa Claus statue is fine. The post office takes all of two minutes to see. Didn't go in the church so never figured out why it was there. Got tired right away of reading about how the town got it's name and what they did to promote the town. From what I see that is all they do -- promote the town. I have no problem with self promotion, but need to back it up with some substance. Wife and I felt they could have done a lot more Christmasy stuff. Instead, all we saw were Christmasy names everywhere, with little if anything to do with Christmas. This museum was one more example. Didn't put me in a holiday mood at all. Just felt like it was all overhype and under perform.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank winpop
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Monroe City, Indiana
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2013

spent almost 2 hrs. there son had to look at everything. very nice. there was so much to look at. every time there is something new.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank windsongm
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Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not exactly as expected but neat”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were all expecting a museum based on different versions of Santa throughout history, but it was more than that.
This place is more dedicated to the history of Holiday World, Santa through history and memorabilia about the park, town and Santa Claus.
Some interesting stuff here They have a board with displays of letters mailed to Santa Claus in Santa Claus Indiana throughout the years starting with I believe the 1930's.
It was really neat to look through.
There is also a guest you can sign.
No FEE but DONATIONS welcome

Visited July 2013
Thank Sabrina C
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