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Small, but very good museum that details the town with exhibits and knowledgeable docents. Worth... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Guthrie, Oklahoma
Lots to see

Bigger than expected. Lots of interesting history of the surrounding area. You could spend a good... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Kokomo, Indiana
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The History Center is the home of the Jefferson County Historical Society in Madison, Indiana. The campus includes the main building with museum, gift shop and research library; the 1895 original train station; and the renovated caboose. In 2017 the...more
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615 W 1st St, Madison, IN 47250-3731
+1 812-265-2335
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

Small, but very good museum that details the town with exhibits and knowledgeable docents. Worth the visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank verdun2
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Bigger than expected. Lots of interesting history of the surrounding area. You could spend a good hour in here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank indyfam20032016
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

We could have spent the whole day there! Informative about the town but also how pioneers lived anywhere. The train museum/ depot next door was authentic and very educational. Then then visitors center next door to that has a great video visitors should watch! Probably...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank victoryah
Reviewed 3 September 2018

They have History, photos, old memorabilia. Very interesting to read the interesting facts on the wall.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank brendabeit
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This free museum has a lot to offer! We enjoyed the school classroom, and the marvelous exhibit about Indiana authors.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LMA4444
Reviewed 23 August 2018

I am so glad we made the time to see this and the Railroad Museum. So much history its hard to take it all in in one visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ann S
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Kids will love this place! They allow kids to play in the vintage grocery store and classroom. My 10 year old didn't want to leave she had so much fun playing. This history center is small but packs a big punch of history. Nice for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Vicky C
Reviewed 22 June 2018

When you first step into the History Center, it doesn't seem very impressive. But when you begin to see and observe all they actually have on display, you will be amazed. We spent a good hour on sight and truly discovered the history of Madison,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Woody J
Reviewed 20 February 2018

This little museum is packed with interesting information and we could have spent more than the hour we did (lunch time - got hungry) the staff were very friendly and informative and the exhibits were really good - loved all the maps from the past...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank jmcpher3
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Like the railroad station it is free until the end of 2017. It’s a small local museum with a few interesting things but shouldn’t take up much of your time. You should be able to view much of it in 30 minutes or so. The...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank jgbtravels
Ronald R, Guest Relations Manager at History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thanks for your review. We'll be free admission in 2018 also and would like to have you back for a return visit.

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26 December 2017|
Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Are you referring to the history center in Madison, IN? If so, I believe it will go back to $5 per person which includes the small railroad terminal next to it. You still have until December 31 to see it for free.