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.”

Click here to purchase tickets for our upcoming Afternoon Tea!

You may also purchase tickets by mailing your check to
Hendricks County Museum, PO Box 226, Danville, IN 46122.
Please include your name and contact information.

 “100 Years of Childhood Memories”

Our Afternoon Tea this year will  be held on Saturday, August 17 at 2:30 p.m. Come and see our collection of Infant and children’s clothing, including dresses, christening gowns, bloomers, knickers and more! You’ll smile when you discover lunch pails, books, games and toys that children enjoyed before TV and video games. Meet and 1865 “School Marm” and learn about her life teaching children in Hendricks County. Delectable tiny sandwiches and sweets will be served with our tea. Door prizes will be awarded to five lucky ladies.

Tickets are $25 each.  Buying 8 tickets will allow you and your friends to all sit at one table. Smaller groups accommodated as space allows.

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.

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