Porter County Museum | PoCo Muse

153 Franklin Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383 - United States



Free Everyday


We engage Porter County’s rich past with its evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities.


The Porter County Museum was founded in September 1916 during Indiana's Centennial Celebration and currently occupies the 1871 Porter County Jail and sheriff's residence.


Selling the Dream: Bartletts’ Beverly Shores | Official Exhibit Closing
Visit the Porter County Museum to see the Beverly Shores Stories Project. The exhibit, “Selling the Dream: Bartletts’ Beverly Shores,” asks visitors to imagine stepping off the South Shore Line in the 1930s to explore the Bartletts’ resort community on the shores of Lake Michigan.

This exhibit has been made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and private donors.

From a Bailly Point of View
What do our belongings say about our identity? From a Bailly Point of View takes a close look at Frances Howe, the last Bailly family member to live on the Bailly homestead in Porter County. This exhibit explores Frances Howe’s understanding of ethnicity, religion, class, and memory through her possessions.

Other Exhibits on Display
We Are Porter County | Prehistoric Porter County | Making Her Place | World War II | The Adventures of Broncho John Sullivan


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