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?
A political leader defined by his moral convictions, Julian (1817-1899) advocated for abolition, equal rights and land reform, during a period marked by slavery, Civil War, monopolies, and discrimination against blacks, immigrants, and women. As U.S.
In 1946, Indiana University joined Earlham College to form an extension center in Richmond to meet the region’s educational needs. The center offered the first two years of college credit through evening classes held at the Earlham campus. In 1967, Purdue University and Ball State University partnered with the center to expand vocational and technical courses.
A convention was called for by reform-minded Congregational Friends meeting at Greensboro, Henry County, January 1851. Convention held October 14-15, 1851 at Dublin adopted resolutions for political, social, and financial rights for women. Women and men who favored abolition, temperance, and suffrage attended.
One-quarter mile south of this marker is the home of General Solomon A. Meredith, Iron Brigade Commander at Gettysburg. Born in North Carolina, Meredith was an Indiana political leader and post-war Surveyor-General of Montana Territory.
Levi Coffin (1798-1877), a Quaker abolitionist, lived in Newport (now Fountain City) with his family 1826-1847. Moved from North Carolina because he and his wife, Catharine, opposed slavery. Advocated, and sold in his store, free-labor products not produced by slaves.
Residence of Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana during the crucial years of the American Civil War, 1861-65. U.S. Senator, 1867-77. Morton was the first native-born governor of Indiana.
Indiana's first art pottery, a nationally-recognized product of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, was produced 1911-1955 by the Overbeck sisters. Their 1830s Federal Style house, one block south, was listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1976.
As a writer, speaker, stockbreeder, and university professor, Meredith (born 1848) encouraged women to pursue education and careers related to farm life. She inherited Oakland Farm, three blocks south, 1882. Successfully grew business and reputation as farm expert. Appointed to 1893 World's Fair Board of Lady Managers.
Non-denominational academies called county seminaries opened across Indiana soon after statehood. Wayne County Seminary opened at present day Spruce and School Streets in 1829 and by 1835 offered elementary to collegiate level classes for male and female students. Several students became prominent citizens, including author Lew Wallace and politician Oliver P.
Owned and restored by Indiana Landmarks, the museum operates as the National Road Heritage Site, where exhibits offer modern-day travelers a vivid picture of cross-country travel on the Historic National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois -- from the pioneer era to the present.
Temporarily Closed. Dedicated to the sport and its Indiana heroes, the Football Hall of Fame features displays and memorabilia from Indiana High School, Collegiate and Professional athletes. The purpose is to establish scholarships and endowments for excellences in football in the State of Indiana.
An Egyptian mummy and giant prehistoric mammals captivate audiences of all ages. Learn about the fossils for which Richmond is world famous. Delight in the educational and fun hands-on exhibits. Gift shop available.
In recent years, the Coffin House was ranked by The History Channel as one of the nation’s Top 25 Historical Sites. In 2016, The Smithsonian named the Levi Coffin House Interpretive Center as one of twelve new museums around the world to visit. Voted as one of the top Museums in the state of Indiana by Indiana Office of Tourism Development.
In commemoration of pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days, this statue is the ninth link in the Great National Shrine erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution along the National Road Trail. There are only 12 statues linked along US 40 from Bethesda, Maryland, to Upland, California. The Richmond statue was dedicated in 1928 by a little-known Missouri judge, Harry S. Truman.
The Mansion House was built in 1840 pioneer-era as an upscale hotel inn and also served as the office for the Western Stage Company where stagecoaches changed horses. The Mansion house became a museum in 1967 when it was acquired by the Wayne County Historical Museum and later purchased by Historic Centerville, inc. 1975. 2017 marks 50 years as a museum!