Step inside HLCM and you will step back in time to a world your grandparents – even your great-grandparents – knew. You will learn about your local history, get a close look at the wonderful world of nature, a taste of life in Japan and the excitement of our Survive Alive fire safety-training house. Every exhibit presents something fascinating to see!


Gallery Hall

A beautiful mural by local artist
Judith Goodrick Heying takes you
on a pictorial journey from the glacial period in northern Indiana to the early 1800’s of the Potawatomi Native American Indians. Examine birds, animals, and sea life at your leisure. Explore a wigwam and accompany-ing artifacts.


Pioneer Village
Pass through the Conestoga wagon hallway and travel back in time to the village of Mishawaka in the mid 1800’s. This unique recreation features a one-room school house, an all-eras toy store, a general store, the Charles Mish Clothing store, a furnished two-room house, a post-office and changing displays featuring local history.

Japanese Tea Room CeremonyJapanese Tea Room
Step through our Japanese gate
and you will enter into the mysteries
of a culture markedly different from our own. Welcome to the world of Mishawaka’s Sister City, Shiojiri Japan! The recreated Japanese tearoom depicts a world of traditional virtues, grace and serenity. Discover what the Japanese mean by “profound simplicity.”

dollh-1Guske Dollhouse
This replica of a 1904 Victorian home features vintage furnishings and a bird’s eye view of what life was like over a century ago. Flickering fireplaces and electric lights add charm and warmth to this exhibit
in miniature.

Kaleidoscope Hall
Changing exhibits in this area entice our visitors to come back again and again. The viewing/gallery room just off this hallway offers visitors a state of the art area to view videos related to the Museum’s exhibits.


World Famous Mishawakans
This exhibit features three world famous residents from Mishawaka’s past and present annually. Mishawaka has been home to many who have gained an international reputation in sports, politics, the arts, business and so much more!

Here on the website you can view World Famous Mishawakans that were featured as part of this exhibit in past years. Visit the Museum to see who is being featured currently!

Survive Alive House
Established in 1984 by Mishawaka Firefighters and the School City of Mishawaka PTA, the Survive Alive House was the first permanent structure dedicated to fire safety training in the state of Indiana. It has earned both state and national recognition for its interactive training program.

Gift Shop
The Museum Gift Shop located at the Museum entrance contains treasures from gemstones and fossils to Japanese fans, puzzles and brainteasers. Old-fashioned rock candy and stick candies are also available!