Welcome

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc. would like to thank you for visiting this website!
Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm

COVID UPDATE: We are OPEN!
Thank you for supporting your museum!

Upcoming Museum and Community Events:

If you missed our July or August Centennial Homes presentations, you can catch up by clicking on the “Programs & Events” tab and watch the recording.

“Did You Know?” Cruise: October 10, 1:00-3:00 PM, $25/person–Chautauqua-Wawasee has asked local historian Ann Garceau of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, and Erin Lomax of the Smithsonian Institute to share their knowledge of “What’s in the Depths of Lake Wawasee?”
Based on their research, they will surprise, entertain, and delight with stories about cars, boats, coins, and other relics known to have been lost, found, or submerged in the waters of Indiana’s largest natural lake.
This event will sell out quickly, so buy your tickets early! Boarding begins 12:30 at The Frog Tavern.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting: www.ChautauquaWawasee.org or www.facebook.com/ChautauquaWawasee/

Second Saturdays–New for 2020 is the museum’s Second Saturdays, a family event that will feature a family activity guaranteed to remind the adults of their childhoods.
October–Games
November–Thanksgiving craft
December– “Reindeer Food” craft

Donating:

It costs an average of $100 per day for the museum to maintain its collections. Without your support, we cannot keep providing historical services to you, the public. The museum has been diligent this year with updating displays to make it a more inviting and accessible space for you to enjoy. We have also been planning for updates on lighting, storage, and additional displays.  These updates are not included in the daily operations cost. Please consider donating today. Donations are accepted through the “DONATE” button to the right, mail, or in person during business hours. All donations are tax deductible, according to the law. Thank you!

Location:

Located in Syracuse, Indiana in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, has been offering a glimpse back in time for the Lakeland area since 1987. It was founded with funds gained from the Syracuse Sesquicentennial Celebration and occupied a room in the Syracuse Public Library until June 2002 when it moved to its current location in the Syracuse Community Center.

In Search Of:

The museum is always looking for unique items to add to the collection. Please keep in mind when donating that we keep the history of the Syracuse and Wawasee lakes area, and any artifacts that should belong to a different museum’s collection will be sent to them in due course. If you have any questions about anything you would like to donate, please feel free to call the museum and ask.