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History Center

302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
+1 260-426-2882
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Very nice

We were able to visit on a rainy day. The staff was so full of information. It's a very nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Penny F
Fayetteville, Georgia
Small but nice

Went to the gingerbread festival here. The museum is small but a beautiful building and very... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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302 E Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2708
+1 260-426-2882
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Went to the gingerbread festival here. The museum is small but a beautiful building and very interesting. I was with a group so my time was limited. I would like to revisit so I can take my time.

Thank granof03
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The museum is a slice of Allen county history. Don't miss a visit to the former jail in the basement. It's a bit eerie but interesting nonetheless. The Festival of Gingerbread is also well worth making time to see. Creations are crafted by people of...More

Thank Alane J
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The History Center was very interesting. Since we were there for our nephew's wedding, we didn't have time to tour the entire building. I would like to return at another time. It was a perfect location for the wedding and reception! A lovely celebration 🎉

Thank SusieG777
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Family visit to the Ginger Bread Festival with our grandson. Our first time there for the festival event. Very impressive. All the various age groups kinder garden to adult as well as professional chefs. Great to see awards catagorized by groups to be fair. My...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The Gingerbread House contest was in this building 12-3-16 and it included submissions ranging from pre-k up to and including chef's entries. The museum itself had quite a few interesting things to see.

Thank Cheryl D
Reviewed 21 September 2016

I visited it with my sister, nephew, niece and godson. First, the building is beautiful. Built in the 1800's. It is one of the old city halls. It has many things to see inside. In the basement, it has the old jail cells and upstairs...More

Thank jbenimble
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a trip to this museum as part of our Fort Wayne vacation. We thought it would be a great way to spend an hour, but we wish we had more time! Exhibits were surprisingly well done and interesting to more than just history...More

Thank TGamble
Reviewed 18 July 2016

If you have just a short time, and you're into history, this is a quick visit. We saw everything in an hour. Interesting presidential display, railroad moguls from the city, plus the All American Girls Baseball local celebrity display. Also had some of the old...More

Thank MsMelis66
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

The outside is a lovely building. Inside is a small but nice collection. I wouldn't spend much to get in, but the cost is only $6. We received free admission due to our membership in a historical society elsewhere. Spent only an hour there.

Thank Janet S
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