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

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

Upcoming Events:

  • Centennial Homes: August 13 at 10:30am. Join us as we explore the Chinese Gardens and all of its glory.
  • Archaeology Month programs: September 1-3, 2022.
    • September 1, 6:30-7:30 pm: Using Maps to Unlock the Past (1866-1903) presented by Mike Kissinger. Program presented in the Celebration Hall.
    • September 2, 6:30-7:30 pm: Reenacting Richard Stone’s Journal (1827-1860) presented by Jim Hossler.  Program presented in the Celebration Hall
    • September 3, 10 am – Noon, presented on the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation property:
      • Bring Your Own Artifact with Jim Bickel & Michelle Edington
      • Tribute to the Eastern Woodland Native with Dan Lima
      • 1774 French Marine with Joe Zdziebko
      • Flintknapping Hands-on with Jeff Mesaros
      • Atlatl Weapon Demonstration with Jamie Clemons
      • Five Medals Living History historical reenacting group


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 made 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!


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.