Established in 1916, the Porter County Museum engages Porter county’s rich past with the evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities.
The award-winning PoCo Muse maintains free general admission year-round as the oldest institution devoted to the history and culture of Porter County.
There is something for everyone at the Porter County Museum. You don’t have to be a historian to enjoy our unique collection. Adults are invited to examine artifacts from our nation’s past. Children are invited to learn the history of the community through our hands-on, interactive displays. Whatever your age or interest, you are sure to hear a good story when you visit the Porter County Museum. Hope to see you soon at the PoCo Muse!
153 S Franklin Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
The museum is currently free and open to the public.
Wednesday through Saturday from 10a to 5p
“This may be the best small museum in the USA.”
— Natalie Z. | Yelp review
“Truly a gem in our community […] we are very fortunate to have such an amazing local cultural resource!”
— Ben | Facebook review
I brought my daughter who thought it'd be totally lame […] so we made a bet. If it was, I would have to get her a cupcake from the local bakery. I did not have to buy the cupcake.
—Wende B. | Facebook review
“The public programming they provide is informative, reflective and fun. The exhibits challenge visitors to think of history in the context of their own lives. Museum-goers discover their shared history, and we are a stronger community as a result of these discoveries.”
— Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas
"The institution has tackled difficult subjects like civil rights and homelessness but has managed to stimulate engagement and conversation. More importantly, the Porter County Museum has demonstrated the true diversity that exists within our borders."
— Chesterton Town Manager C. Bernard Doyle