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The John Hay Center

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One of the finer county museums in the state

A few years ago, we set out to visit all of the counties in the state, including their county... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Columbus, Indiana
Lots of history

The John Hay Center features the Stevens Museum, a geneology research area, and many historical... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Marjorie M
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307 E Market St, Salem, IN 47167-2119
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

A few years ago, we set out to visit all of the counties in the state, including their county museums (if they had one). It took us about three years, but we did it. As might be imagined, the quality varied from county to county...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 23 September 2018

The John Hay Center features the Stevens Museum, a geneology research area, and many historical buildings that were brought into the center to replica a village green. It also features the John Hay House. For a small community, the quality is excellent.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Marjorie M
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Run by the most friendly and well informed people in their community ... we only visited once but got much more than expected ... was a very productive visit ..

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My son and I were guided by a Hay Center history consultant to the 2nd floor of the artifact museum and learned so much, as well as visiting the first floor glassed in displays. Photos of my Mom and her family are displayed, and many...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 920piratejenny
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Didn't really know what to expect. Only had time for the museum and unfortunately not the village and train depot. Talk about a well put together, stuffed full of history and immaculate museum. Completely worth the small price they charge for admittance. Very glad we...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mavenhawk
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I just can't tel you how gracious the folks are in Salem! Found this little gem of a museum and it was excellent. People have worked really hard and are proud and it is evident. If you have time, check it out!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank stargazerlilly2014
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a really nice log cabin recreation and historical area. The Center has some really nice historical items you can view, including a selection of weaved coverlets.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank becarpenterjr
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I will admit that I tagged along with my husband who really had to go there. It was raining and there is not a lot to do in Salem. But we ended up staying all day. It was interesting and the staff and volunteers work...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank historylv2014
Reviewed 16 March 2016

The John Hay Center contains many historic buildings, including the birthplace of John Hay, Lincoln's secretary. Buildings from around the county were brought in and restored to give the feel of an 1800's village. The museum located on the grounds is amazing. So many interesting...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Marjorie M
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Loved looking into Salem's history since my family is from that area. And the people are so friendly.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Jeri J
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