"A lot of time and work has gone into the renovation 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. "Crown Point has so much history with Dillinger, and now visitors will be able to explore the museum in the community that once jailed the gangster."
The museum, which was previously located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, will offer 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 museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. On Thursday, July 23, visitors can enjoy extended museum hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Crown Point's weekly car cruise from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a movie on the lawn of the old Lake County Courthouse beginning at dusk featuring the film "Public Enemies."
Admission to the museum 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. During the grand opening events July 22-23, visitors under 15 years old will be admitted for free with at least one paid adult admission.
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.