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John Dillinger Museum opens in Crown Point

CROWN POINT, Indiana — The John Dillinger Museum opened its doors in its new home at the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point on July 22, the 81st anniversary of the death of the famous criminal.

“Crown Point has so much history with Dillinger, and now visitors will be able to explore the museum in the community that once jailed the gangster,” said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

The museum, which was previously located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, will offer visitors an educational journey through the life and times of Dillinger and his gang while discussing the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.

“The crimes of John Dillinger and his gang helped spur significant advancements in law enforcement and crime fighting,” said Batistatos. “The museum tells the story of Dillinger and his gang with a strong ‘crime doesn’t pay’ message.”

New to the museum is a wall honoring the men, women and K-9’s of Lake County who died in the line of duty.