Last updated: 7/11/2012
Richmond, Indiana
Street Address
1150 North A Street
Richmond, IN 47374
Mailing Address
1150 North A Street
Richmond, IN 47374
phone: 765-962-5756
fax: 765-939-0909
e-mail: officewchm@verizon.net
web: www.waynecountyhistoricalmuseum.com
Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Admissions
Adults $5.00 AAA Members - $4.50
Seniors 60+ - $4.00
Students 6-18 - $2.00
under 6 - FREE
Members - FREE
Staff
James D. Harlan, Executive Director
phone: 765-962-5756
Diana Keiser, Administrative Assistant
phone: 765-962-5756
Mark Harrell, Facilities Manager
phone: 765-962-5756
Description

"This gem of a museum is like a miniature Smithsonian, NY Metropolitan, and Williamsburg all rolled into one." This was the comment of a recent well-traveled out-of-state visitor who was amazed at the scope and quality of the museum's holdings. Comprised of 8 buildings on a compact site, the museum is a unique repository of Wayne County and Richmond history from early pioneer life through the industrial revolution into modern times. Exhibits include period clothing, furniture, portraiture, two log cabins of local origin, a vintage Conestoga wagon, a blacksmith shop, print shop, bakery, loom house, a superb collection of early Richmond made automobiles, steam powered tractors, the first Davis airplane manufactured in Richmond in 1929, and more about Richmond's rich industrial heritage. There is a choice collection of Native American artifacts including both modern and ancient pottery of Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo, and Anasazi origins. The most populat exhibit is the recently updated gallery telling the storoy of Life and Death in Ancient Egypt. A 3000-year old mummy is on display with a beautifully preserved and exquisitely painted coffin. Surrounding the mummy are 12 display cases filled with objects that were used in everyday life but also preserved in tombs for their owner to use in the afterlife.

History

We were founded in 1930 by Julia Meek Gaar and we've been in the same location for 83 years. The building was originally the "Hicksite Quaker Meeting House".

Artifact Collections

Egyptian collection featuring 22nd dynasty mummy, Antique Cars with 8 being made in Richmond, A 1929 Davis airplane, Pioneer collection featuring Conestoga wagon, Steam Traction Tractors, 5 Historical buildings in Village, Starr-Gennett early jazz collection.

Educational Programs

Lecture Series, Antique Show, Pioneer Days Festival, Car Cruise-Ins, Cemetery Tour, Christmas Festival

Library

Access: Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Newsletter on quarterly basis.

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