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.”

     Candlelight Tour

The Hendricks County Museum is all dressed up for Christmas!

On Saturday, December 14, as an extra-special treat, the museum will host its first Candlelight tour. Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for a festive evening!  Carolers will greet you as you enter the museum. Once inside, actors representing the time period in each of the rooms will engage with you in stories of their lives in the late 1800s.

As you leave, you can warm yourself with warm cider and cookies under the out-door tent and enjoy to music of Christmas carolers once again!  The event is free of charge, but donations are gladly accepted.

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.

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.

Tours

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

Collections

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.

Rooms

  • 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.

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