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!

You can see the special Christmas displays during regular open hours, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. But also, visit the museum on Friday, November 29, the evening after Thanksgiving from 4:00 – 7:00 pm during the special “Lighting of the Danville Square”.

Then, on Saturday, December 14, as an extra-special treat, the museum will host its first Candlelight tour. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, 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. Inside you can warm yourself with warm cider and cookies. 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.

For more information, contact museum@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.

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.

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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