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The Daviess County Historical Society & Museum

The Daviess County Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the 200-year history of Daviess County, IN through exhibits, programs, archives, and more.


Tuesday- Friday 10 AM - 4 PM

Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM

Always Free Admission

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DCHS Membership Program

Support Your Local History

Becoming a DCHS member is the most convenient way to support the mission of the historical society. Members enjoy great benefits including the bimonthly newsletter with exclusive features and notifications of upcoming museum events. Click here to download and print the membership form. 

Donating in honor or memory of someone? Let us know below. Please include your name and the honoree with your message. 

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DCHS Membership Levels
Individual - $25
Family -      $40
Friend -      $100
Patron -      $250
Sponsor -   $500
Partner -    $1000

The Home of Your History

The Daviess County Historical Society is dedicated to collecting and maintaining the history of our community. We maintain the Daviess County Museum in the old Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Washington, originally built in 1869. The museum is filled with artifacts and exhibits to educate and entertain all ages of Daviess County residents and visitors alike. It also holds an archives room with many resources for researchers.

Currently Featured Exhibits

Discover Daviess County in ways you never have before with our curated exhibits. 

Picture the Past

The museum's new flagship exhibition; view the stories of our past through the eyes and lenses of Daviess County's professional photographers. 

Have you seen this exhibit? Take our survey, it helps us plan for future projects and events. 


That's Entertainment

Learn about Daviess County's many contributions to the performing arts. 


Foundations of Daviess County

Explore the development of Daviess County from the days of the pioneers through 1930 with our new exhibit on the museum's ground floor. 


Museum Events

Indiana Gothic w/ Pope Brock

July 14 @ 3 PM

Author Pope Brock visits the Museum via Zoom to discuss his 1999 historical novel "Indiana Gothic," set in Daviess County and based on the true account of the author's ancestor Ham Dillon's murder on Washington's Main Street. Admission is free. This program may contain adult themes not suited for very young audiences. 

Preserving Historic Buildings

August 18 @ 3 PM

We'll be joined by Tommy Kleckner, Western Regional Director for Indiana Landmarks, to discuss ongoing efforts of historic buildings in Daviess County, resources to pursue your preservation projects, navigating the National Historic Places registry, and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring questions. 

Archaeology & Native American Artifacts

September 15 @ 3 PM

Archaeologist Curtis Tomak visits the museum to talk about the history of Native Americans in this area and other archaeological topics. Curtis was one of the first Indiana University students who studied the Prairie Creek in Daviess County in the early 197s, and he served as the head archaeologist for the Indiana Department of Transportation for over 30 years. Guests are encouraged to bring any Native American artifacts they may have for him to examine. 

Daviess County Military Review

The DCHS is currently planning a publication documenting Daviess County veterans past and present. If you have information on a military veteran please download this form (PDF or Word) and return it to the museum with a photograph and optional short (200 words or less) biography. You may bring a photograph to the museum to be scanned and returned to you the same day. Submissions may also be sent by email to

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Contact Us

212 E Main St Washington IN United States 47501

(812) 257-0301

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