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The John Dillinger Museum

1 Courthouse Square

John Dillinger Museum is the interactive Museum illustrates the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters during the 1930’s depression era and shows advancements made in crime fighting technology during the first 30 years of the 20th century.The museum was renovated and developed into an educational and historic experience and uses John Dillinger and other era criminals as examples of what happens to people who engage in criminal activity.

Guests are invited to learn about the birth of the FBI as they chase John Dillinger and his gang through the Midwest. The museum includes interactive displays, life-size wax figures and educational and historical displays.Included are the notable “death trousers” (the pants Dillinger was wearing when he was shot outside of the BiographTheater in Chicago), the infamous wooden gun, Dillinger’s lucky rabbit's foot and more.When the museum opened in 1999, the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau who owns the museum was sensitive to community members and law enforcement officials who were concerned that such an attraction would glorify crime.

The Lake County CVB responded to concerns and involved local law enforcement officials that included the Lake County’s Sheriff, local police chiefs, representatives from the Indiana State Police and the president of Indiana’s Fraternal Order of Police. The museum artifacts were purchased from the Joe Pinkston’s estate in 1997. Joe Pinkston, a nationally recognized Dillinger Historian, owned and operated "The John Dillinger Museum" in Nashville, Indiana for nearly 20 years.After purchase, the Lake County CVB hired Icon Exhibits of Fort Wayne, Indiana to renovate and restore the artifacts and develop the museum into an interactive learning experience. It is now open in the award-winning Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana.


Florencia Acosta

Monday, March 5, 2018
This museum is incredible and it's very helpful to understand part of the american history. The Midwest history with Al Capone and friends and all the other banks robbers. It's a short visit but it has also some interactive things that makes the visit more interesting. It's a cool place to go!

Imperial Guard #28

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
The artifacts were interesting. Glad they at least had the wooden gun he made to break out of Jail. Wonder what'll happen to it all.

Andrew De Young

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017
It's a well done historic view of the life of the outlaw Dillinger. A lot of reading and has some actual artifacts. The museum is inside the historic courthouse with fun shops.

D. B.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
It is still a mueseum. Its not bad. I wish it had much more things to display but worth it to go Admission is 4 per person

Andy Dempsie

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
If I'm not mistaken, this is no longer the John Dillinger Museum. It is an Indiana Welcome Center. Despite this, it is a very nice place with art exhibits, and has a nice lake behind it. Great place to stop while on a road trip.

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