The Old Jail Museum

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The Old Jail

The "Old Jail" and the former Sheriff's residence were named to the National Register of Historic Places June 23, 1976. They are the home to the many historical treasures, period furniture, and exhibits belonging to the
Historical Society of Porter County.

Open to the public
Wednesday,Friday, & Saturday
1 - 4 pm

153 Franklin St,Valparaiso,IN 46383
on the SE corner of the courthouse square
next to the Memorial Opera House.

Group and educational tours are encouraged and
may be scheduled by appointment.(219) 465-3595

There is no admission fee , but all donations are appreciated
and used to help support the museum.


Stop in and get in touch with Porter County's past at the Old Jail Museum.

Take your kids on a firsthand learning adventure! Filled with artifacts of regional historic interest, here are just a few of the many interesting things to see in the museum:

Documents, Reference, etc.
*files full of research on local/regional & other topics
*copies of local newspapers from mid 1800's thru 1960's
*old court records/documents
*old bibles, other books, and educational materials
*old photos of town/county settlers
*many photo albums and pictures of early settlers
*stereoscopes and postcards

jail cells
Local Items and Other Historical Items
*McGill golf clubs manufactured in Valparaiso
*Chautauqua desks manufactured in Valparaiso
*paintings of "old" Valparaiso and the original courthouse
*dune artist,Frank Dudley painting
*actress Beulah Bondi memorabilia
*gravestone of local abolitionist, Charles Osborn
*Broncho John Sullivan collection
*invitation to Lincoln's inaugural ball
*Hillstrom pump organ manufactured in Chesterton
*numerous antique household items and farming tools

Mastodon Bones

12,000 year old mastodon bones discovered on a farm near Valparaiso. (including one of its rare and impressive 7 foot long tusks) tusk

Jail Cells

These smaller cells house displays such as an early dental chair and tools and artifacts from the Bailly homestead (Porter County's first white settler).

Membership Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society of Porter County
or would like more information, you may contact us by e-mail. We will see that you receive a complimentary newsletter along with an application for membership:

Your annual dues help support the Historical Society's "Old Jail Museum" and other Historical Society programs. Members receive monthly issues of the "Old Jail Museum Newsletter".                 Apink Froggy

Annual membership dues are:
Supporting $25.00
Cardinal $35.00
Family $40.00
Youth $12.00
Student $20.00
Grandparent $20.00