A museum dedicated to one of Indiana's most infamous criminals is set to be relocated. The John Dillinger Museum will close next week at its current Hammond location and begin the move to Crown Point. South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority President Speros Batistatos says the Lake County Courthouse location is “very suitable” because of Dillinger's history with the city. July 18, 2014
HAMMOND, Ind. – The 80th anniversary of the downfall of John Dillinger will also be the final day visitors can learn why crime doesn't pay at the Indiana Welcome Center. On Tuesday, July 22, the John Dillinger Museum will close to prepare for its move to the Lake County Courthouse, located in the center of the square in downtown Crown Point.
According to Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA, the organization believes the move will add another history-themed attraction to Crown Point.
“The old Lake County Courthouse is a very suitable location for the John Dillinger Museum,” said Batistatos. “Crown Point has so much history with Dillinger, and now visitors will be able to explore the museum in the community that once jailed the gangster.”
The museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
The museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for each of its final days open at the Indiana Welcome Center. Cost to visit the museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 6 through 12.
For more information on the John Dillinger Museum, contact the Indiana Welcome Center at 219-989-7979.
Source: The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority