Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown
Visit 16 Fort Wayne museums and attractions for FREE on Sunday, September 13th, 2020, from NOON until 5pm!
2019 Participating Attractions
CLOSED FOR 2019. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the museum will not be open for this year's event.
*Special hours: 12 noon - 4:00 pm
Visit the magnificent Allen County Courthouse—a National Historic Landmark—and learn about its cultural legacy! The building is a premier example of Beaux Arts architecture and is one of the largest and most elegant courthouses in the nation.
The Courthouse is available to rent for your special occasion.
Guided tours available on an ongoing basis from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visit your one-of-a-kind downtown Allen County Public Library to take part in a guided tour of the Lincoln Collection with tours at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. You can also get a look at the Rare Book Room which holds some of the finest volumes in ACPL’s collection, both artistic and historical. Tours will occur at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00.
ACPL will also be hosting the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Learn dances from the popular video, Fortnite, at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. All ages and all abilities welcomed.
Artlink is a nonprofit arts advocacy organization, exhibition and studio space. The organization is home to two unique studio spaces, immersive virtual reality, as well as a variety of exhibitions and programming throughout the year.
This year visit the NEW Diocesan Museum at its expanded location. All the previous exhibits have been refurbished with new ones added. The Diocesan Museum houses religious artifacts dating back to the time of Jesus Christ and Abraham.
Visit the Cathedral at 1122 S. Clinton • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This cathedral was built in 1859 and is considered a classic example of "Gothic-style" architecture and contains outstanding examples of the wood-carvers art and contains what has been described as the "best example of Bavarian Stained- Glass Windows in the Western Hemisphere."
Experience a self-guided tour of the historic Embassy Theatre, from the stage to the rooftop patio. 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!
*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 "Botanica Jones" exhibit. Visit a wealthy Englishman’s garden, showcasing plants brought back by "Botanica Jones," a plant explorer of the late 1800s through early 1900s.
Enjoy a free concert by "Those Two Guys In Suits and Ties" 12:30-2:30pm.
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.
Karpeles Manuscript Museum - Fairfield Hall
Visit the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Fairfield Avenue, specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts. An exhibit outlining great moments in medical history including documents on scientific breakthroughs.
Parking available behind the museum off Pierce Ave. Please note this museum is not ADA Accessible.
Explore The Landing and envision all it will become! Take a behind-the-scenes tour, get historic facts and take part in interactive activities for all ages.
The Landing was home to Fort Wayne's first post office, theatre and hotel. It was on The Landing that our community first became a county, a township— even a city. And now, we'e making history, again.
Meet at the 100 Block of Columbia Street.
Immerse yourself within 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.
Traveling over 2,800 miles from Mexican forests to Canada every year, 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 2019 Monarch Festival.
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.
Join us at the ballpark and go "behind the scenes" at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. We will offer free ballpark tours and some of your favorite food options at a discounted price!
*If the TinCaps host a playoff game on the date of "Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown," the ballpark will not be able to participate, due to preparation for the game.
Come say Hello New Park! to Fort Wayne's newest riverfront development: Promenade Park. Twenty-minute guided tours include the Parkview Tree Canopy Trail, Doermer Kids' Canal, PNC Playground, Ambassador Amphitheatre, and more. Grab some food and drinks at Trubble Riverside Café and Tap, play cornhole and ping pong, and lounge on the urban swings overlooking the St Marys River.
Be prepared to fall in love with your newest jewel in the heart of the city and see why at Riverfront we are Always Moving.
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. Visit your Science Central favorites! Swoosh down a giant 2-story slide to experience gravity and friction, touch a tornado, and explore the universe with Science on a Sphere!
*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, pet gifts, 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! Enjoy 20% off coupon for our store in your passport booklet!
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