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Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Mark Your Calendars

Be sure to mark your calendar for Be a Tourist In Your Own Hometown 2021: Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Download your passport PDF here. Starting August 20, pick up your passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Old National Bank location to get free admission to 19 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions on Sunday, September 12.

AFRICAN/AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

436 E. DOUGLAS ST.
12 noon – 5 pm, by appointment
The African/African-American Historical Society and Museum houses exhibits on Africa, African-American inventors, musicians, and pioneers. 

AAAHSM will be giving limited tours (less than 8 attendees) during Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. Appointments must be made 7 days in advance. Call (260) 467-1457 and (260) 456-1576.

ALLEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

715 S. CALHOUN ST. • 449-4246
allencountycourthouse.org

*Special hours: 12 noon - 4 pm
Cameras welcome  

Visit the magnificent Allen County Courthouse—a National Historic Landmark. The building is a premier example of Beaux Arts architecture and is one of the largest and most elegant courthouses in the nation. 

Guided tours available on an ongoing basis from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

900 LIBRARY PLAZA • 421-1200
acpl.lib.in.us

12 noon - 5 pm 
Visit your downtown Allen County Public Library to take part in tours of the new Rolland Center for Lincoln Research. The Center combines interactive technology with original photographs, letters, and documents related to our 16th president to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Tours will occur at :15 after the hour.

ACPL’s Krull Gallery will also be hosting the exhibit Protests and Promises Unfulfilled: Featuring “Voices”, photography by D. J. E-Clyps.  

ALLEN COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL COLISEUMNew

4000 PARNELL AVE. • 482-9502
memorialcoliseum.com

12 noon - 5 pm
Visit the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and get a “behind the scenes” look at several features of the complex in a self-guided tour. Experience the new LED displays in the Conference Center. Experience a complete tour of the Arena (backstage, suite level, press box) and see yourself on the scoreboard. Be our guest in one of the most versatile and unique public venues in the country. (Free parking for Be A Tourist.)

ARTLINK

300 E. MAIN ST. • 424-7195
artlinkfw.com

12 noon - 5 pm

Artlink is a creative space and contemporary gallery supporting artists through exhibition, education and community engagement. Join us for two concurrent solo exhibitions: Walking Among Angels, an immersive life-size print installation by Eliana Saari, and Creative Impulses, a series of paintings by Fort Wayne artist, John Wade III.

DIOCESAN MUSEUM

1103 S. CALHOUN ST. • 424-1485

12 noon - 5 pm
Visit our new location in the beautifully refurbished Chancery Building on the corner of Jefferson and Calhoun. The Museum houses religious artifacts dating back to the time of Christ and Abraham. General regional history is represented as well. Come roam, free and self-guided, through our permanent exhibits and see the new items on display! Tours available.

You may also visit the Cathedral, located at 1105 S. Calhoun, from 1 pm - 4 pm

THE EMBASSY THEATRE

125 W. JEFFERSON BLVD. • 424-6287
fwembassytheatre.org

12 noon - 5 pm  
Experience a self-guided tour of the historic Embassy Theatre, featuring the stage, dressing rooms, ballroom, rooftop patio and Heritage Center memorabilia. Programming includes Embassy history films in the ballroom with an alternating stage schedule of the Grande Page pipe organ on the hour, and an interactive history skit on the half hour. All ages welcome!

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHNew

300 W. WAYNE ST. • 426-7421
firstpresfortwayne.org

12 noon - 5 pm 
Check out Fort Wayne’s oldest continually running congregational church with one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the city! Enjoy a self-guided tour and indulge in the 190 years of history. Experience “New Directions’,” the latest hanging exhibit in the art gallery, featuring five local artists who have been able to pursue renewed or newly created passions in art after retirement. Listen to selections being played on our 149-pipe Aeolian—Skinner Organ, purchased in 1956.

FOELLINGER-FREIMANN BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY

1100 S. CALHOUN ST. • 427-6440
BotanicalConservatory.org

*Special hours: 12 noon – 4 pm
Surround yourself with nature at an oasis in the heart of downtown! Visit the Showcase Garden with its lush seasonal displays – this season we are featuring the “Visions of the Old West” exhibit where you will find yourself exploring the wild rugged beauty of the west.

Also, enjoy a free concert by “Those Two Guys In Suits & Ties” who will be swingin’ and singin’ in style on the outdoor terrace from 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

THE FREEMASONS HALLNew

216 E. WASHINGTON BLVD.
426-4728

12 noon – 5 pm
The Freemasons Hall (Downtown Masonic Temple) invites you to take a guided tour through its public and fraternal spaces. This Nationally Registered landmark, designed by renowned Architect Charles Weatherhogg, is nearing its centennial. Learn about the history of the building, Fort Wayne’s founding fathers, and the fraternal orders that actively reside here. Come explore Fort Wayne’s best kept secret!

HISTORY CENTER

302 E. BERRY ST. • 426-2882
fwhistorycenter.com

12 noon – 5 pm
Journey to Fort Wayne’s past when you visit the History Center! Located in the historic Old City Hall building, the museum is filled with three floors of interactive exhibits showcasing the rich history 
and unique heritage of our community. Experience the lavishly restored Old City Courtroom, the historic old jail, and explore galleries of artifacts and engaging displays.

THE LANDING

100 BLOCK OF W. COLUMBIA ST.
TheLandingFW.com

12 noon - 5 pm 
Explore The Landing! Get historic facts, learn about the revitalization mission, and hear the stories of the entrepreneurs who have breathed life back into the block. It was on The Landing that our community first became a county, a township—even a city. Now it is a hub for locally owned small businesses, restaurants, retail, and loft style apartments. Tours will commence every 30 min on the hour and half hour - meet at the east gate of Columbia St. (at Calhoun and Columbia St.). 

THE LINCOLN TOWER

116 E. BERRY ST. 
12 noon - 5 pm
Immerse yourself in one of Fort Wayne’s architectural gems, an Indiana landmark in the heart of downtown! Completed in 1930, The Lincoln Tower building is a premier example of art deco design and for decades, it was the state’s tallest building.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of this gorgeous Art Deco lobby.

* The rooftop observation deck and basement vault will not be open during this year’s Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown.

LITTLE RIVER WETLANDS - Monarch Festival

EAGLE MARSH PRESERVE BARN
6801 ENGLE RD. • 478-2515

12 noon - 5 pm
Traveling over 2,800 miles from Mexican forests to Canada every year, the monarch butterflies’ annual migration has been called one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world. This long-distance, multigenerational migration—and the part area gardens and preserves play in reducing the threats to monarchs—is the focus of the 2021 Monarch Festival.

THE OLD FORT

ACROSS THE SPY RUN BRIDGE,
NORTH OF SUPERIOR ST. • 437-2836
oldfortwayne.org

12 noon - 5 pm
History comes to life at Fort Wayne’s Historic Old Fort! Meet soldiers and civilians and discover the earliest days of Fort Wayne. Live demonstrations will include blacksmithing, spinning, gardening, period cooking and baking, and games for all ages. Free parking is available east of Spy Run Avenue and at Headwaters and Lawton Parks.

RIVERFRONT FORT WAYNE

PROMENADE PARK, 202 W. SUPERIOR ST.
427-6000
RiverfrontFW.org

12 noon - 5 pm  
Come see why Riverfront is Always Moving! Express yourself with sidewalk chalk in the Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre. Stop on the Parkview Tree Canopy Trail for a photo opportunity. Enjoy food and beverages at Trubble Riverside Café and Tap. Play cornhole, ping pong, and foosball in the Outdoor Games area. Splash around in the Doermer Kids Canal. The Calm Water Sensory Tent, a first-of-its-kind therapeutic mobile sensory room, will be available at Promenade Park for 15-minute sessions. 

SCIENCE CENTRAL

1950 N. CLINTON ST. • 424-2400
sciencecentral.org

12 noon - 5 pm, ticketed times only
Spark your imagination! With more than 200 exhibits, displays and demonstrations, Science Central is the region’s premier hands-on science center. Inspiring and fun interactive programs and exhibits cover the physical, natural and applied sciences.

Science Central will be limiting the number of tickets available each hour for “Be a Tourist” and will be using “Timed Tickets”. All tickets will be on a first come, first served basis. Check ScienceCentral.org for more details. Subject to change.

TRINITY ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCHNew

450 W. WASHINGTON BLVD.
426-3424 • TrinityEnglish.org

12 noon - 5 pm
Trinity English Lutheran Church is celebrating our 175th anniversary and you’re invited to the party! With events both indoors and out, families can enjoy the historical architecture and stained glass, listen to mini organ recitals on our newly-installed Opus 41, built by Dobson Pipe Organ in 1988, and stroll through our Cloister Garden—we’ll even make sure you have seeds to take home to plant. Stop by for a free hot dog—or a vegan hot dog—enjoy the petting Zoo, face painting and more! 

VISITORS CENTER

927 S. HARRISON ST. • 424-3700
VisitFortWayne.com

*Special hours: 11 am - 5 pm
Stop by the Visitors Center for everything Fort Wayne! Our Visitors Center features helpful and friendly staff able to assist you with what there is to see and do in Fort Wayne. We have brochures, maps, guides, and a great selection of exclusive Fort Wayne merchandise including postcards, enamel pins, patches, mugs, artwork, and more! We offer a wide range of Fort Wayne apparel featuring fun new designs and shirts. 

We are a great resource for residents and visitors alike! 

 

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