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.

On Tuesday, July 22, the John Dillinger Museum closed to prepare for its move to the Lake County Courthouse, located in the center of the square in downtown Crown Point, Indiana. A grand opening date will be posted 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 John Dillinger Museum will be updated and retooled prior to its reopening in Crown Point. There will be a sneak preview on March 3, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., where the media and the public are invited to walk through and conceptually see the layout of the new museum. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of Dillinger's escape from the Crown Point jail.

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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