HAYDEN – Hayden Historical Museum hours are 4-5:30 p.m. Monday and 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. These hours are in effect until Memorial Day.
Tours can also be arranged by calling 812-592-8445, messaging on Facebook, or emailing [email protected]
Organizations and civic groups are especially welcome to visit our facilities. PPE supplies are available and arrangements for social distancing can be maintained.
The museum includes a research library and exhibit area with several different exhibits to showcase the heritage of Hayden and Spencer Township.
To celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary, a special exhibition titled “Where Did It All Begin?” ” has been created. It features a gallery of photographs showcasing the museum’s construction projects from 1990 to the present day.
Other attractions include the Farm Heads Gallery, a pre-1900 bedroom, a 1939 kitchen, a 1965 living room, and a mid-1950s classroom. There are also exhibits for veterans of the community, Hayden’s eight professional baseball players, and a special area to honor former Indiana Governor and Hayden native Edgar D. Whitcomb.
The museum’s largest exhibit is the former Sinclair gas station. First built along US Highway 50 in 1926, this building was transferred to museum ownership in 2001. Volunteers used an old photograph to restore the station to its 1947 condition.
In 2014 a monument was erected for Edgar D. Whitcomb and it is located in the side yard of where he grew up in Hayden. The marker sheds light on Mr Whitcomb’s life and career as a World War II veteran, politician and sailor who sailed around the world alone.
The museum’s newest attraction is the building which was opened in 2015. “A Place Called Yesterday” is dedicated to showing what home entertainment was like before the days of electricity. Visitors can see and hear the various antique musical instruments and devices that do not require electricity or batteries. This building also contains an exhibition of an almost complete collection of LIFE magazines.