Museums & History
Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana has a vast array of Museums and History. Discover our rich past as you explore our architectural, historical, artistic past.
Did you know Richmond, Indiana has the only two permanent mummy displays in the state of Indiana?
Built in 1812, the log courthouse is the oldest existing courthouse in Indiana. Salisbury was a small settlement just south and about midway between Richmond and Centerville. Salisbury has long since disappeared. Open for local festivals and by appointment.
The Starr Historic District, listed on the National Register, was developed from farmland bought by Charles and Elizabeth Starr from Jeremiah Cox, a Richmond founder. The land was subdivided into lots in the early 1850s and sold for residential construction.
Get a glimpse of jazz artists and recordings of times past in our quaint gallery. Gift shop available.
Richmond is home to a collection of Louis Comport Tiffany stained glass windows. Three sites within a five block area offer a glimpse of this magnificent National Art Treasure.
Memorial Park contains memorials from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Womens Memorial, Purple Heart Memorial and more all along the scenic Whitewater River. Two M3A3 Stuart tanks, a HUEY helicopter, M60 Tank, two naval guns, and more reside in the park as well. This beautiful memorial park was created by veterans for veterans.
Comprised of eight buildings on a compact site, the museum is a unique repository of Wayne County and Richmond history from early pioneer life through the industrial revolution into modern times.
Crossing through a number of scenic and historic southeastern Indiana countries, the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway bridges the distance (76 miles) between the Ohio River and the historic National Road. Along this route are some of the state's most authentic canal features.
The Indiana State Historic Site Canal Boat Run, located in Old Metamora offers horse-pulled canal boat rides for your pleasure. A restored and operational Grist Mill, powered by the water of the canal, offers a unique opportunity to watch whole grains milled into cornmeal and grits.
Mill is free; Admission charged for canal boat.
Long before woolly mammoths roamed the frozen plains,
long before dinosaurs existed, Indiana was covered by a shallow sea teaming with life.
The fossils found in the Whitewater Valley give us some idea of what life was like in Indiana 445 million years ago.
Full-scale replica of 1903 Wilbur Flyer. Kitty Hawk video. Displays of family history with Wright Brothers struggles and successes before and after Kitty Hawk. 1903 Main Street includes print and bicycle shops. Wilbur's rebuilt birth home. Be sure to stop at the gift shop as well.