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. 

Citizenship Project Survey

In planning for the future, the museum is considering providing classes for people preparing to become United States citizens. To become a citizen, a person studies 100 questions that covers civics and history. They will be asked 10 of these questions during the naturalization process and must answer 6 correctly. The classes provided by the museum will use the museum collection, images, and documents that connect to the 100 questions and help people prepare for the exam. Before the museum develops the program, staff wants to see if there is a need in our community.

To assess this need, the museum partnered with students at Northridge High School to create a survey. An online version of this survey can be found here. The information gathered will be only used to see if this program will move to the next phase of development.

Upcoming Events

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Stories of Elkhart

02/27/2020 7:00 pm
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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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