Discover the Elkhart County Historical Museum

The Elkhart County Historical Museum fosters appreciation and preservation of local history and culture through exhibits, educational programs, and an accessible library and archives.

Museum Address

304 West Vistula St.
Bristol, IN 46507

Phone: (574) 848-4322

Directions to the Museum

Museum Hours

Tues-Sat - 9 AM-5 PM

Park hours subject to change without notice.

Founded in 1968, the Elkhart County Historical Museum tells the stories of the many people, places, and events that make up the history of Elkhart County.

The Museum features over 30,000 artifacts reflecting the county’s cultural heritage in its twelve permanent galleries. Temporary and touring exhibits are frequently hosted. The research center and genealogy library contain photos, diaries, family records, plat maps, census lists and more to help researchers discover their past.

Unique historic and heritage event programming is offered year-round. In the fall, the Gathering at Five Medals living history festival at River Preserve County Park gives visitors the chance to step back in time 300 years and experience life in the Great Lakes region spanning the arrival of the French in 1670 to Indiana’s statehood.

The historic auditorium is available for large gathering and may be rented. More information is available here. 

Upcoming Events

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Museum Matinee

02/14/2020 11:00 am
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Exhibit Opening – Get 2 for 1!

02/01/2020 10:00 am
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Museum Matinee: CG Conn

01/24/2020 11:00 am
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Stories of Elkhart: Native Removal

12/19/2019 7:00 pm
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Digitization Workshops

12/07/2019 10:00 am
$5/person (Limit 4/class)
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