Westchester Township History Museum
Phone: (219) 983-9715
Victorian era gardens welcome visitors to the elegant 1885 Brown Mansion, which houses the works of Northern Porter County artists and exhibits that detail the history of the area and saving the Indiana Dunes. Don't miss the exhibit that tells the story of the Prairie Club, one of the nation's early environmental advocacy groups. During the summer, the museum hosts a free concert series on Fridays in Thomas Park, as well as many other public programs. The museum store offers a great selection of books, posters, and maps related to the history of Westchester Township and the Indiana Dunes. Free tours of the 16-room, Queen Anne-style mansion are offered Wednesday-Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Groups of 10 or more should call the museum to schedule a tour.
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The Westchester Township History Museum will open its new, holiday exhibit, "Toys Through the Ages." From handmade dolls to video games. Toys have evolved a great deal. The new exhibit highlights this evolution, explaining how, why, and where children's toys developed--from the discovery of a 4,500 year-old dolls to electronic games and gadgets Several toys from the museum collection will be displayed including a rocking horse, dolls, a horse-drawn fire wagon, and much more. Modern versions of old-fashioned toys like train whistles, paper dolls, marbles, and more are also available in the museum store,