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Visit fascinating museums dedicated to our local history. Explore the home of baseball evangelist Billy Sunday. View a helicopter engineered by Lawrence D. Bell. Learn more about world-famous bandleader Homer Rodeheaver. See every Hallmark Ornament ever made—over 4,000! And if that’s not enough, our annual festivals invite you to celebrate the humble egg, the Muskie, bikes, our lakes, music, our artists, antique cars, tomatoes and more.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

This museum is on the NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK list and Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

T: 260-925-1444    W: View Website

Billy Sunday Home Museum

Billy Sunday Home Museum

Billy Sunday, known as “the baseball evangelist”, was more than a preacher of the Gospel to Americans of the twentieth century. He was a legend, a star player for the Chicago White Stockings, running the bases in less than 14 seconds - a phenomenon of his day. But the call of the Lord was ... More

T: 574-372-5193 Museum Office    E: whitetd@grace.edu    W: View Website

Chautauqua-Wawasee

Chautauqua is RARE programs – Recreation . Arts . Religion . Entertainment. We are excited and honored to be a member of the Chautauqua Network. Based in Oakwood Park on the shores of Lake Wawasee, we are committed to the communication and implementation of the Chautauqua concept by ... More

T: 574-518-1094    E: marlies@chqw.org    W: View Website

Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

Dixie Sternwheeler, Inc.

Indiana's oldest sternwheel tour boat cruising beautiful Webster Lake in North Webster, Indiana, since 1929. Refurbished and now on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Dixie offers 90 minute cruises with narration and music available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each ... More

T: 888-803-4943    E: ridethedixie@hotmail.com    W: View Website

Etna Green Museum

Come discover the history of the town of Etna Green at this museum in Heritage Park. There are many items from the Etna Green School Alumni along with the basketball teams memorabilia. The museum is located in Heritage Park. Before you leave town, be sure to see the Mural painted by Robert A. ... More

T: 574-858-2632    E: cjulian1918@comcast.net

Evenyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection

Evenyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection

Explore our museum:  Journey into Nappanee's Past. Visit the Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection, located in the Nappanee Center.  Explore Nappanee's history through special exhibits and permanent displays, including "Hoosier" cabinets, a tribute to the city's nationally-known ... More

T: 574-773-7812    W: View Website

Jas. Townsend & Son, Inc.

Jas. Townsend & Son, Inc.

We make and sell 18th Century items to re-enactors, historical sites, TV productions and Movies. We have a free catalog of our items.

T: 574-594-5852    E: jon@jas-townsend.com    W: View Website

Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum Inc.

Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum Inc.

Our museum houses the personal memorabilia of Lawrence D. Bell that was willed to the town of Mentone. We have three helicopters on site. A guided tour is provided to educate adults as well as children of the early aviation history of which Lawrence Bell was an important part.

T: 574-353-7318    E: bilinda2@frontier.com    W: View Website

Mentone Egg

Mentone Egg

Mentone is the self-proclaimed "Egg Basket of the Midwest" because of prolific commercial egg production in the area, and holds an Egg Festival annually in early June to celebrate its heritage. A large concrete egg stands near the town center and is considered locally to be the "Largest Egg in ... More

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Old Chinworth Bridge - Kosciusko Historial Society

Old Chinworth Bridge - Kosciusko Historial Society

This historic iron bridge spanning the Tippecanoe River dates to 1897, but provides a peaceful getaway today.  The Chinworth Bridge Trail, nearly two miles long, is perfect for hikers and bicyclists, who can learn some area history as they traverse the asphalt trail, which incorporates two ... More

T: 574-269-1078    E: kcgenweb@embarqmail.com    W: View Website

Old Jail Museum/Kosciusko County Historical Society

Old Jail Museum/Kosciusko County Historical Society

The Old Jail Museum has historical displays pertaining to the history of Kosciusko County, plus a gift shop.

T: 574-269-1078    E: director@kosciuskohistory.com    W: View Website

Pound Store Museum

Pound Store Museum

Opened for the first time in 1838 as an Indian trading post, the Pound Store Museum is the county's oldest commercial building. Named for long-time owner John Pound, the store was recently renovated by the Kosciusko County Historical Society. The Pound Store Museum is located across the road ... More

T: 574-269-1078    E: kcgenweb@embarqmail.com    W: View Website

Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc.

Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc.

Located in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, this Historical Museum is a popular attraction. We have had visitors from as far away as India with the Lake being the main attraction. Our Museum is small but people pleasing. No one goes away without talking about at least one ... More

T: 574-457-3599    E: director@syracusemuseum.org    W: View Website

The Lerner Theatre

The Lerner Theatre

The Lerner Theatre, an Elkhart Landmark, is part of a revival, a new era for the arts, commerce and life in the heart of our community. The Lerner is evidence of this rebirth with its timeless, never-lost quality of an old theatre reborn as a state of the art performance and event facility.

T: 574-293-4469    E: info@thelerner.com    W: View Website

The Party Shop - Hallmark Ornament Museum

The Party Shop - Hallmark Ornament Museum

The Hallmark Ornament Museum is the only complete collection of Hallmark Ornaments on public display, with over 4,000 ornaments on display. While there you can also browse the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, Department 56 Collection, and much more. Visitors will also receive a Christmas ... More

T: 574-267-8787    E: david@thepartyshop.com    W: View Website

The Remnant Trust, Inc.

The Remnant Trust, Inc.

The Remnant Trust is a public educational foundation that shares an actively growing collection of original and 1st edition works dealing with the topics of liberty and dignity with some pieces dating as early as 1250. The trust makes this collection available to colleges, universities and ... More

T: 574-376-4130    E: remnanttrust@gmail.com    W: View Website

The Spirits of Warsaw Ghost Tours

The Spirits of Warsaw Ghost Tours

Join our experienced guides as they explore the dark side of one of Indiana's prettiest home town, weaving stories of fact, fantasy, and folklore. All tours, May - October, are by appointment only and are not recommended for children under 10. Ninety minutes of hauntings, history, and tales ... More

T: 574-453-7982 

The Village at Winona

The Village at Winona

The Village at Winona® is a thriving arts community nestled on the shores of beautiful Winona Lake. Come for a day of shopping, dining, biking, and fun. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Village is home to numerous galleries, studios, shops, outdoor appeal and equipment, ... More

T: 574-268-9888    E: info@villageatwinona.com    W: View Website

Warsaw Biblical Gardens

Warsaw Biblical Gardens

The Warsaw Biblical Gardens provides a rare oasis, rich in beauty and tranquility. It is accessible to persons of all ages and all faiths.

T: 574-267-6311    E: wcdc@kchamber.com    W: View Website

Warsaw Cut Glass

Warsaw Cut Glass

Warsaw Cut Glass is one of the last American facilities practicing the art of cutting glass, perhaps the only one using its original building and turn of the last century machinery. Locally owned since 1911, offering distinctive hand-cut crystal gifts. Glass cutting demonstrations by appointment.

T: 574-267-6581    E: warsawcutglass@comcast.net    W: View Website

Winona at 100 Book

Winona at 100 Book

A definitive new Centennial history of Winona Lake, Ind., written by Terry White with Steve Grill, both Grace College graduates and now faculty members. This is a story of past glories and current restoration. The 20 chapters detail the First Wave -- from the Indian settlers through the Beyer ... More

T: 574-269-7735    E: tdwhite@earthlink.net

Winona History Center

Winona History Center

The Winona History Center tells the story of beautiful Winona Lake from 1895 - 1968. The museum includes four galleries located within historic Westminster Hall on the campus of Grace College. Visitors will learn about the development of Spring Fountain Park, Winona's significance as a ... More

T: 574-372-5193 Museum Office    E: whitetd@grace.edu    W: View Website