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Housed in the historic 1885 Brown Mansion, the Westchester Township History Museum offers a variety of activities and research opportunities for local residents, area visitors, and researchers.

By reservation.

For more information or to schedule, call 219-983-9715 or email

Our permanent exhibit highlights local history from prehistoric times to today.

Our temporary exhibits celebrate different elements of area history; these exhibits change approximately every four months.

Free research assistance (copying fees may be incurred).

Appointments with our researcher. Research materials may not leave the building.

Access our collection of digitized photographs.

Les and Mary Pratt Local History Archives include maps, phone books, newspapers, and other materials highlighting local people, places, and businesses.

Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary Archives include the organization’s papers and artifacts collected through 2005, including hundreds of photographs taken by William Richardson.

Prairie Club Archives include papers, photos, scrapbooks, and more from this Chicago-based group that was active in the Indiana dunes from 1908 into the 1960s.

Chesterton Tribune Photo Archives include historic Duneland images published in the local newspaper.

Professional help with your family history research, including assistance with, local family information, and other genealogical research.

Find over 100 locally-themed gifts for yourself and others, including works by local artists.

Museum programs occur monthly and are listed on the Library calendar.

We offer curriculum-related children’s programs for school groups and Scout groups. Email or call the Museum for more infromation.


Thomas Branch (Main)

200 W. Indiana Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-7696
Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday Closed

Hageman Branch

100 Francis Street
Porter, IN 46304

(219) 926-9080
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Saturday 1-5pm
Sunday Closed

Westchester Township History Museum