John Dillinger Museum


The 80th anniversary of the downfall of John Dillinger was the final day visitors could learn why crime doesn't pay at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana.

The John Dillinger Museum is preparing for its re-opening at the Old Lake County Courthouse, located in the center of the square in downtown Crown Point, Indiana. The grand opening date is set for July 22, 2015, the anniversary of Dillinger's death. A soft opening date prior to that will be announced soon.

The museum has taken visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors have also learned of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is working with Group Delphi to design the new space and coordinate the move.

The relocated museum will continue to be an educational and historic experience and use John Dillinger and other era criminals as examples of what happens to people who engage in criminal activity.

Items that will be included in the museum's new location are the notable "death trousers" (the pants Dillinger was wearing when he was shot outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago), the infamous wooden gun, Dillinger's lucky rabbit's foot and more.

For questions regarding the museum's relocation, please contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770.

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BREAKING NEWS: It is being reported from multiple sources that crime, in fact, does not pay when it is committed. Contrary to glorification witnessed on the big screen, the story of John Dillinger is not one to rival the legend of Robin Hood. With the relocation of the John Dillinger Museum from the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point, visitors can once again learn the truth of Dillinger's past. Everything from a replica of the infamous wooden gun used to escape the Crown Point jail to the pants Dillinger wore on the day of his death will be presented throughout the interactive museum.

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Below are photos of the Terraplane. Click on each photo for a larger version.

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