Indiana Welcome Center

Stop by the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond if you are visiting the South Shore area or just passing through. While you stretch your legs, you can view the unique building structure, enjoy the various exhibits in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall and browse the gift shop. You can also pick up information about all there is to see and do, not only in the South Shore area, but brochures from all over Indiana.

Calumet Voices Exhibit

Calumet Voices, National Stories Exhibit

April 19 - October 6, 2024

Visit the Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibition and discover the Calumet region’s hidden gems and spectacular sites. Join local museums from across the region as they come together to share a vibrant collection of voices and stories that have shaped the American experience.

Indiana Welcome Center

The Building

The Indiana Welcome Center design encompasses some of the most memorable images of Northwest Indiana and uses them in the building structure.

The building is as diverse as the community itself - its people, the natural environment and man-made developments.

The structure starts with the most dominant natural feature in our area, Lake Michigan. The large exhibition space is created with the form of stainless steel "waves" glistening in the sun. These waves crash into the undulating "sand dunes" which are juxtaposed to the industry; steel denoted in the gray office form (second story) and the smokestacks of the entry canopy.

The natural terrain then rolls into the plains and farms, which is bordered to the south by the free-flowing Kankakee river depicted in the south facade of the building.

From this, the composition has sculpted a structure that symbolically tells the story of the area, houses the necessary functions for the Welcome Center, and leaves one with an image unseen elsewhere.

Visit the Welcome Center

  • Free Travel Brochures & Maps
  • Restrooms with Baby Changing Tables
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Gift Shop
  • Picnic Area
  • Pet Exercise Area


Off of I-80/94 on Kennedy Ave. South
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, Indiana




Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Daily 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
Gift Shop 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Fall through Spring Hours
Daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
Gift Shop 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Holiday Hours:
July 4th 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall

W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall

This 6500 sq. ft. of contemporary exhibit space is fashioned after the rolling waves of Lake Michigan. Varying exhibits from Model A Fords to "A Christmas Story" window displays to a steel-framed house have all called the Exhibit Hall home. Call 219-989-7979 for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

A Christmas Story Comes Home

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Every November and December, the Exhibit Hall hosts "A Christmas Story" Comes Home featuring window displays from Macy's in New York, photos with Santa (see site for Santa dates and times), and themed events like the Mommy's Little Piggy Mashed Potato Eating Contest. 

South Shore Gift Shop

South Shore Gift Shop 

The gift shop includes vintage South Shore Line posters, "A Christmas Story" movie memorabilia, Albanese gummies, Indiana t-shirts and sweatshirts, mugs and key chains.

In-Vision Theatre

The In-Vision Theater

The theater is available for corporate meetings and group rentals. Call 219-989-7770 to reserve.