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Native American Museum


The Native American Museum is located in beautiful Dobbs Memorial Park.  It is the only museum of its kind to be operated by a city parks department in the Midwest.  Our permanent displays feature the life ways of the native peoples of the Northeast Woodlands, and we have numerous temporary exhibits as well.


Native Americans are enthusiastic gardeners, and we have an Heirloom Garden, in which we grow traditional vegetables and other plants.  Many students and others have found our library helpful, and our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you with your research or genealogy. 

We also have speakers who can address groups, as well as tours and other types of activities for organizations. 
Group Program Information 

Scout troops find us helpful when they are earning their badges. 

We offer monthly Saturday programs that feature topics of interest to people of all ages.  
Saturday Program Information

The Native American Museum has also been a member of the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Project since 2004.  Sponsored by Indiana State University, the project's goal is to digitize the collections of local libraries and museums, and is a valuable tool for educators, as well as the general public. 

More information: Wabash Valley Visions & Voices

A number of our counties are named for men who became famous as "Indian fighters."  While Vigo County is named for a trader, Francis Vigo, neighboring Parke and Sullivan Counties derive their names from men who actually engaged in combat with the local Native Americans.

  • In addition to our permanent collection, we have temporary exhibits, which currently include: 

  • The Winter Count (Northern Plains Ledger Art)

  • The Original Man Purse 



Museum Hours:
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
closed Sundays, Mondays, Election Day, and all legal holidays
Phone 812-877-6007



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