Close to 500 visitors and guests learned the story of why crime doesn't pay while exploring the John Dillinger Museum, which officially opened the doors to its new home at the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - the 81st anniversary of the death of Dillinger.

"A lot of time and work has gone into the relocation of the museum. The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Lake Court House Foundation are excited to finally unveil this new attraction," said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA, during a private reception hosted to celebrate the grand reopening. According to Batistatos, many hands helped the South Shore CVA bring the museum to Crown Point.

"This move has been a long time coming, and we wouldn't be here today without the vision and partnership with Marty Wheeler and the Lake Court House Foundation; the city of Crown Point's Mayor Uran; Group Delphi, the company who designed the museum, and ARC, the Crown Point business that printed and installed the panels; MJ Electric; and the many individuals from all of the businesses who worked with us to complete the museum," said Batistatos

The museum was previously located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and offers visitors an educational journey through the life and times of John Dillinger and his gang while discussing the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.

"The crimes of John Dillinger and his gang helped spur significant advancements in law enforcement and crime fighting," explained Batistatos. "The museum tells the story of Dillinger and his gang with a strong ‘crime doesn't pay' message."

New to the museum is a wall honoring the brave men, women and K9's of Lake County who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. The wall remembers law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to the 1910s.

"Many individuals have given their lives protecting us and our communities. We want to remember these brave men, women and K9's for all they have done for Lake County," said Batistatos.

The John Dillinger Museum will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (50+) and groups of eight or more, $2 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6 years old.

The museum is located at 1 Courthouse Square in Crown Point, Indiana 46307. For more information on the John Dillinger Museum, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770 or visit www.dillingermuseum.com.