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Museums, Galleries, and Historic Places of Interest 
in Northwest Indiana

Talk about a ton of great places to visit....  Northwest Indiana has lots of great stops to fill all your weekends with smart things to do.  

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18 Artists Studio and Gallery 
A cooperative gallery of local artists and their works
Featuring jewelry, dye silk fabrics, paintings, photography, sculpture and stained glass. 
Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, weekends 10 am-4 pm 
552 Indian Boundary Road (Indian Oak Shoppes), Chesterton  (219) 926-6306

Art Barn 
Art school and gallery housing the works of local artists, 
including oils, pastels, water colors, acrylics, jewelry and ceramics. 
Weekly classes and Spring/Summer workshops 
taught by artists from around the country. 
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm 
695 North 400 East in Valparaiso (219) 462-9009
The Artists' Den 
Fine art such as oils, watercolors, serigraphs, stone lithographs, sculptures, glass art, pottery and jewelry by a variety of award winning local, national and international artists. 
Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; 
Saturday, 9:30 am - 4 pm 203 
Jefferson Street in Valparaiso  (219) 462-3883
Bailly Homestead
Built by French-Canadian voyager and fur trader Joseph Bailly, who settled here in the early 1820s, this 2 1/2 story home is made of cut lumber fastened with wooden pegs. 
On Mineral Springs Road, between U.S. Highways 12 and 20 in Porter 
(219) 926-7561, ext. 225.
Barker Mansion and Civic Center
631 Washington St, Michigan City
(219) 873-1520
Tours: M-F 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm
Sat & Sun, Noon & 2 p.m.
Closed Holidays
Admission charged.

Brauer Museum of Art 
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road 
Valparaiso  (219) 464-5365
Art collection includes more than 1,600 works by American and European artists - 
prints, photography, sculpture and religious ar

Chellberg Farm 
A 20th century 80-acre working farm established by Swedish immigrants Anders and Joanna Kjellberg in 1874. Preserved the way the Kjellbergs maintained it, the farm is the site of several ongoing educational and entertainment programs. 
On Mineral Springs Road, between U.S. Highways 12 and 20 in Porter. 
(219) 926-7561 ext. 225

Chesterton Art Gallery 
Works of more than 100 regional artists
weekdays 11 am-4 pm, weekends 1-4 pm 
114 4th Street in Chesterton (219) 926-4711
The Depot of Beverly Shores
525 Broadway, Beverly Shores.  
Museum and art gallery housed in the historic South Shore Line Passenger Depot.
(219) 871-0832

The Depot of Beverly Shores

Door Prairie Auto Museum 
Collection of over 50 antique and classic automobiles.
2405 Indiana Avenue 
LaPorte (219) 326-1337
The Great Lakes Museum of Military History
360 Dunes Plaza, West US Hwy. 20, Michigan City, Indiana 46360

(219) 872-2702 or 1-800-726-5912
Features a collection of military memorabilia, weapons, uniforms,  historical displays, and research library.
Hesston Steam Museum 
1201 E. 1000 N in LaPorte 
(219) 778-2783
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Saturday & Sunday, Noon - 5 pm
Labor Day - October
Sunday Noon - 5 pm 

Hour Glass Museum and Gallery 
8 Lupine Lane, Ogden Dunes  (219) 762-5184
History and art of the town of Ogden Dunes 
The museum is a house (built in 1933) with a two-story fireplace made of stones from around the world. 
1:30 pm-4 pm the third Sunday of every month. Tours by appointment. 

International Friendship Gardens - Michigan City
Open May - October, 10am - 4pm.  No admission fees.  (219) 878-9885.  Available for wedding ceremonies.
John G. Blank Center for the Arts
312 East 8th Street, Michigan City
(219) 874-4900
The John Dillinger Museum
7770 Corrinne Drive, Hammond
(on I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue)
Exhibits include criminal figures in wax, the death trousers, and the Dillinger morgue scene.  8am-5pm, Mon-Fri;  9am-5pm Sat-Sun.
(219) 989-7979
LaPorte County Museum
La Porte County Government Complex
1 Courthouse Square in La Porte
(219) 326-6806 ext 276 
Lifestyles: the Gallery 
Quality, original art: paintings, photographs, sculpture, glass and drawings displayed in a 100-year-old renovated second floor livery stable with original brick walls, beam ceiling and plank floors. Special openings and entertainment throughout the year. 
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 7 pm; Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm 
122 East Lincolnway in Valparaiso (219) 464-9167 or email at
Old Lighthouse Museum 
Michigan City Historical Society, Inc.
Located near the mouth of the harbor, 
adjacent to Indiana’s only public, operating lighthouse. 
Michigan City
(219) 872-6133
Tuesday - Sunday 1-4 pm 
Porter County Old Jail Museum
153 Franklin Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
On the SE corner of the courthouse square
next to the Memorial Opera House. 
Open to the public Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday 1 - 4 pm 
(219) 465-3595 
Station House Pottery 
Nine rooms of hand-made, decorative and functional pottery by American artists 
Monday-Saturday,10 am - 5 pm at 321 Broadway in Chesterton (219) 926-7781
Washington Park Zoo 
Michigan City Lake Front 
Also nearby is a great beach, an impressive lighthouse, and the Washington Park
(219) 873-1510
Admission: Adults $2.75, Children 3-11 $1.75, Over 65 $2.00
The World's Fair Homes 
The legacy of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress Exhibition, these homes stand along the Lake Michigan dunes as monuments to American ingenuity and modern technology.  For more information, visit the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center on Kemil Road at U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores (219) 926-7561, ext. 225  Also, see our article with photos.

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