The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, Inc. would like to thank you for visiting this website!

Beginning March 18, Syracuse town buildings will be closed. This includes the Syracuse Community Center where the museum is housed. Stay tuned for a reopening date.
If you need to contact the museum, please email us at director@syracusemuseum.org
Thank you for supporting your museum!

Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm

POSTPONED! Please stay tuned for new date.
IU Bicentennial Big Red Bus–April 8, 2020 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Indiana University’s traveling exhibit, All for You, will be touring Indiana, bringing the IU Bicentennial to all of the state’s 92 counties. This interactive exhibit explores IU’s impact on the state. The exhibit features content from each campus in various mediums, including virtual reality, 3D prints, physical objects from IU’s collections, videos, and historic images. Don’t miss this big red bus when it visits the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum!



It costs an average of $100 per day the museum opens its doors. 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!

Upcoming Museum and Community Events:

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.
March–Make a kite
April–Easter craft


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.