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LaPorte County Historical Museum, LaPorte
Step back into the past when you explore more than 100,000 items on display at this museum’s handsome home in LaPorte. You’ll find family heirlooms brought to the county by pioneers, including furniture, household items and memorabilia. You’ll get a sense of life during different eras in period rooms that include a pioneer log cabin, Victorian parlor, a 1920s kitchen, and old-fashioned dentist and business offices. An extensive collection of antique toys and rare dolls also is on display.
Most of the downstairs level houses the W.A. Jones Collection of Ancient Weapons, the third largest private gun collection in the world. Jones, a LaPorte County resident, searched exotic locales across the globe for his purchases, some dating back more than 200 years. In addition, many products manufactured by local industries, such as the Hobart M. Cable player piano and the Headlight stove, are on display. You also can view an experimental electric car designed and built by a local orthodontist.