Mission Statement

“The mission of the Hendricks County Historical Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret items relating to the people, places and events of Hendricks County and to stimulate public interest in the heritage of the county through education, exhibits and special programs.”

Christmas Candlelight Tour: December 12 from 5:30-7:30pm

Thank you to our museum partners and sponsors:



The museum will be closed daytime on December 12, but open 11;00 to 3:00 Fridays and Saturdays through December 19.
The museum will be closed from December 19 – March 2021 for cleaning and re-setting displays.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Museum!
Click here

Thanks to Visit Hendricks County for providing this video

The Museum is open!
We are
following Indiana’s Re-opening Plan with safety precautions and social distancing.
Our hours are 11:00am – 3:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays.
Stop in and see our new exhibits.
Docents will wear a mask, and guests are also asked to wear a mask.  Masks are provided if needed.

All museum rooms are refreshed and have some wonderful new items to see.

New visual exhibits in our changing display rooms include:

  • Early post offices, including a Danville Post Office cage from the early 1900s,
    on loan from Bill Hartung. 
  • Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition of the early 1920s.
  • Five of Hendricks County’s Townships are featured:
    Liberty, Guilford, Brown, Lincoln and Middle Townships. 

               Watch for the other Townships in 2021!

The Hendricks County Museum is at 170 S. Washington Street in Danville, just one block south of the courthouse square in the building that served from 1868 to 1974, as the Hendricks County Sheriff’s home, with the jail in the basement. It is furnished as it would have been in the late 1800s.

For more information, contact us at:  hcmuseum@co.hendricks.in.us or (317) 718- 5168.

About Us

​The museum is located in the former Sheriff’s Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is owned and maintained by the county. The museum staff is responsible for the contents and display of the collections.


If you’re interested in having a tour of the museum, click the link below and fill out the form on the tours page.


The Hendricks County Historical Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff’s Residence and jail. There are several rooms decorated in the period of early 1900’s, including the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms. Come and experience the rich history of Hendricks County, Indiana.


  • Central Normal College
  • The Old Jail
  • Military Room
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Kitchens
  • Parlor
  • Children’s Room
  • Adult’s Room
  • Changing Exhibit

Available Items

Some of our items are available for purchase. To view a list of these items, click the button below.

This website was made possible by a grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

Contact Us

You Can Help!

If you would like to lend time with a tour, exhibits, collections there is a place for you. Contact the museum (see below) and we will fit you with your interest. The museum's financial operation is dependent on memberships, donations and grants. Please consider supporting the museum. Gifts can be given "In memory" of a loved one or "In honor" of a friend.

To request a scheduled tour, fill out the form on our tours page instead.
For everything else, contact us by submitting the form below, or call 317-718-6158.

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