Mission Statement

“The mission of the Hendricks County Historical Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret items relating to the people, places and events of Hendricks County and to stimulate public interest in the heritage of the county through education, exhibits and special programs.”

Lend-to-Scan Day
August 17, 2024
11am – 3pm

For this event, the Museum is seeking historic Hendricks County photographs that fit the themes Town, Architecture, Schools, or Business.  Lend us your photographs by dropping them off at the Hendricks County Museum, August 17th between 11:00 am to 3:00pm. We’ll scan them and return them to you. (Please limit the number of photos to 25.)  At a later date, the Museum will provide required documents to collect your contact information and photo data which will allow scanners to identify your photographs. Please allow 1-2 weeks for our team to scan the items which will be added to our digital collections.  You will be contacted when your photos are ready for pick up. Your photographs will be returned to you after they have been scanned.  Join the Museum in helping preserve Hendricks County’s history!

Afternoon Tea: Hats off to 200 Years


Thanks to our 2024 dancers!
And congratulations to our winner Harish Nair!


Explore the museum’s digital collections online
by browsing via the PastPerfect Online Gateway.


Click here to watch Highlights of Dancing With the Hendricks County Stars 2023

Our 2024 Title Sponsors for Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars:

Hendricks Regional Health Logo
Hendricks Regional Health Logo

Special thanks to the Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Arthur Murray Studios for their generous support with this event.

We appreciate the community’s support in helping keep the Hendricks County Museum going strong!

Take a Virtual Tour of the Museum!
Click here

Thanks to Visit Hendricks County for providing this video

The Museum is open March – December.   Closed January and February.
Hours:  11:00am – 3:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays.

We are happy to accept your research questions. However, due to the limited staffing resources available, we will not be able to guarantee research time spent or results.
Please allow several days for proper handling of your question.

The Hendricks County Museum is at 170 S. Washington Street in Danville, just one block south of the courthouse square in the building that served from 1868 to 1974, as the Hendricks County Sheriff’s home, with the jail in the basement. It is furnished as it would have been in the late 1800s.

For more information, contact us at:  hcmuseum@co.hendricks.in.us or (317) 718- 6158.

About Us

​The museum is located in the former Sheriff’s Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is owned and maintained by the county. The museum staff is responsible for the contents and display of the collections.


If you’re interested in having a tour of the museum, click the link below and fill out the form on the tours page.


The Hendricks County Historical Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff’s Residence and jail. There are several rooms decorated in the period of early 1900’s, including the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms. Come and experience the rich history of Hendricks County, Indiana.


  • Central Normal College
  • The Old Jail
  • Military Room
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Kitchens
  • Parlor
  • Children’s Room
  • Adult’s Room
  • Changing Exhibit

Available Items

Some of our items are available for purchase. To view a list of these items, click the button below.

This website was made possible by a grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

Contact Us

You Can Help!

If you would like to lend time with a tour, exhibits, collections there is a place for you. Contact the museum (see below) and we will fit you with your interest. The museum's financial operation is dependent on memberships, donations and grants. Please consider supporting the museum. Gifts can be given "In memory" of a loved one or "In honor" of a friend.

To request a scheduled tour, fill out the form on our tours page instead.
For everything else, contact us by submitting the form below, or call 317-718-6158.

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