The John Dillinger Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian Magazine's eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The museum takes 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 will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology. Additionally, the John Dillinger Museum features 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.

Tickets for Museum Day Live! are available for download at and will be accepted from smartphones. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at the John Dillinger Museum. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted.

The John Dillinger Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. The John Dillinger Museum is located on the bottom floor of the Old Lake County Courthouse at 1 Courthouse Square in Crown Point. For more information on The John Dillinger Museum or the free museum day, call 219-989-7770 or visit