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The John Dillinger Museum is an interactive historical adventure illustrating the life and times of Dillinger and other gangsters during the 1930’s depression era. Also see advancements made in crime fighting technology during the first 30 years of the 20th century. This poster shows the Biograph Theater where Dillinger's story ended.
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John Dillinger Museum

The John Dillinger Museum in Crown Point, Ind. delivers an interactive learning experience for visitors, showcasing not only the life and times of John Dillinger and other infamous gangsters during the 1930's depression, but also tracking the advancements made in crime fighting technology during that time. The museum was designed to highlight both the notorious criminals of the "gangster era" and the heroic men who ended their reign of terror.

The John Dillinger Museum features renowned historical artifacts from Dillinger's crimes and the ensuing police investigations, including the Dillinger death trousers (the pants worn by Dillinger as he was shot outside the Biograph Theatre), the infamous wooden gun, Dillinger's lucky rabbit's foot and more. The museum also features life-size wax figures and other educational and historical displays.

For more information, please visit the official John Dillinger Museum site 



Several steps were made in the purchase of the Dillinger Museum. The acquisition of the artifacts from Joe Pinkston's estate, in Brown County, Indiana, required an initial investment of $ 417,000. The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted to develop the museum into an interactive educational experience that illustrated that crime does not pay. The CVB hired ICON Exhibits of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to renovate, restore and preserve the original artifacts as well as develop the museum into an interactive educational experience. The preservation and the redevelopment of the collection were done at a cost of roughly $675,000.


The museum's initial purchase and the museum's restoration were cash investments paid directly from the Bureau's annual budget. The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded through of Lake County's hotel/motel tax and through the admission fee that Lake County's riverboats pay to the state for each individual who enters the casino.


The restoration and redevelopment of the museum was completed by ICON Exhibits, which was originated in 1946 and has since become one of America's leading exhibit design and production companies. ICON is a leading, full-service exhibit and design company, offering turnkey solutions for worldwide tradeshow exhibits, display deployment programs, and permanent exhibits for museums, visitor centers, showrooms, and high-image corporate environments.


The Lake County CVB developed the museum into an interactive and educational experience that illustrated that a life in crime does not pay. To accomplish this, the Bureau involved local law enforcement officials that included Lake County's Sheriff, local police chiefs, representatives from the Indiana State Police, and the president of Indiana's Fraternal Order of Police in the overall theme of the museum. In addition, the Bureau hired ICON Exhibits to develop the museum into an educational experience. The museum experience also showcases the advancements made in crime fighting technology from Dillinger's childhood to his demise, and portrays life during the 1930's Depression Era.


The cost to view the museum is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for children ages 6 - 12 and children under 5 are free.


The museum features numerous authentic and historical artifacts including John Dillinger's death trousers, his lucky rabbit's foot, the briefcase that was left behind during the East Chicago robbery and more.



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