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History Center

302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
+1 260-426-2882
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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 3 weeks ago
OpenToNewAdventures
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Fort Wayne, IN
Not bad for a smaller city

A visit here allows a tourist or local resident to uncover many of the significant contributions to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Denny B
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
via mobile
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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 exhibit assembled by the DAR and shown at the Allen County Courthouse to be the largest locally relevant historical museum in northeastern Indiana. The collection has expanded to over 27,000 objects and thousands of images. The History Center now occupies the Old City Building, circa 1893. In addition, the Society acquired the 1827 Chief Richardville house in 1991, and the Barr Street Market in 1991.
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“old jail” (11 reviews)
“city hall” (2 reviews)
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302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
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+1 260-426-2882
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

Thank Denny B
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Reviewed 26 March 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

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 10 November 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!

1  Thank Denny B
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Reviewed 10 November 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

Thank DixieLB
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Reviewed 7 September 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

Thank X7427ACcharlesr
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Reviewed 17 August 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

Thank rileypickles
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Reviewed 8 August 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

1  Thank Alane J
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

We were able to visit on a rainy day. The staff was so full of information. It's a very nice museum, they were setting up for a H. O train exhibit. Lots to see and learn about. We have been traveling. The states for 7...More

Thank Penny F
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