Terre Haute is full of treasures, but the downtown Vigo County Historical Museum is sure to be a lasting favorite!
In late 2019, the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum officially opened its brand new location in downtown Terre Haute. This transition to a 34,000 square foot facility gave the museum the chance to expand and feature more of our area’s history than ever before.
When the new building opened in late 2019, I visited with a group of third grade students. Ever since, my daughter keeps asking, “When can we go back?”
This third grade age range (8 and 9) is perfectly suited to start absorbing and enjoying the stories and exhibits that are featured in the museum. Our 7-year-old is eager to go based on her big sister’s recommendation. Our younger girls might not engage fully; however, tickets for children under 5 are FREE, so we’ll happily bring them along!
Young ones will likely enjoy the toy exhibit, the bottle conveyor belt, and the treats in the soda shop.
Other family-friendly features include water bottle refill stations and a coat rack. The museum has diaper changing stations and an elevator that would accommodate a stroller. The museum staff noted that food and drink are not allowed in the exhibit areas for the safety of the collection.
The museum is closed on Mondays with regular hours Tuesday- Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. The Vigo County Historical Society and Museum facebook page is great source of regularly updated information. As of February 2020, admission information is as follows:
Museum Admission Adult – $7
Senior* – $6
Youth* – $4
Child under 5 FREE
*Senior: Ages 60+
*Youth: Ages 5-18
With exhibits that change throughout the year, their goal is to entice you to come back again and again. Members get to visit for free!