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The French Lick West Baden Museum is dedicated to educating and enlightening residents and visitors of the French Lick West Baden past and present cultural heritage, to preserving that heritage and enhancing the quality of place and life for all.

The Cross Brothers


Our Beginnings

In 2007, during the French Lick Sesquicentennial celebration a temporary museum was opened for a week to feature the town's unique history.

Due to its overwhelming popularity, a group began discussions of the possibility of a permanent museum.

In 2008, a board of directors was formed and ideas were developed regarding what was wanted and needed in the community.

The board began the formation of a business plan in 2009 with the guidance of Don Anderson, professor of marketing and tourism at Purdue University. Several buildings were considered as a location for a museum.

After presenting the plan to the Orange County Development Commission in 2010, a grant of $50,000 a year for four years was awarded.  A 501 c (3) non-profit organization status was obtained.

The French Lick Redevelopment Commission gave $30,000 for a build-out of the historic Dickason building in French Lick and in June 2011, the French Lick West Baden Museum opened.

The building underwent a major renovation in 2012 and the museum moved to its current larger space on the other side of the building. 

In June 2013, the Museum had its grand re-opening and for the first time unveiled the entire 1,100 square foot, 150,000 piece circus diorama.


Don & Teresa Anderson*

Ed & Maddy Ballard
Deborah Ellen Ballard
Wayne and Carolyn Barnett
Tom Brewer
Gus and Bonnie Burton-Taylor
Gayle Cook*
Scott & Karen Crews
Duke Energy Foundation
Tom & Mary Kay Dunwoody*
Wayne & Ann Ferguson*

Steve & Connie Ferguson
French Lick Municipal Airport*
French Lick Winery*
Alan Friedman*
Carolyn & Jerry Fuhs*
Brooks and Michelle Galloway
Peter Gorman*
Peter Grigsby*
Frank & Beth Hall*
Mike & Debbie Hicks

Rex G. Hinkle

Stephen S. Hawkins

Hoosier Hills Credit Union*
Dennis & Kay Lynn Kaiser*

Bill & Judi Kimmel*

Robert Kohl
Jeffrey A. Lane*
Adam Lindsey*

Ben & Jan Lindsey
Cory Lindsey*
Hib & Bonnie Lindsey*
Mark & Hope Lindsey*
Cullen & Rachel Peden McCarty*
Darby McCarty*

Clark Pellett
Lonnie Ratliff*
Don & Barbara Renner
Gerald W. Ritter

Jerry & Phillis Rominger

Jerry Sanders
Norman "Clair" & Louise Smith*
Springs Valley Bank & Trust*

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Linnea Wagner*
Barry & Donna Wininger*
Robert Gene Wolfington*

*Denotes founding members

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