Switzerland County Historical Museums

About Switzerland County Historical Museums

Organized in 1925, The Switzerland County Historical Society is one of the oldest of Indiana’s county historical societies. The society has preserved the past by collecting a wide range of artifacts and documents that relay the county’s unique history. The historical society owns and operates two museums including the Switzerland County Historical Museum and the Life on the Ohio River History Museum. Displays titled Beginning the Adventure, Life on the River, Romance of the River, A Working River, Steamboat Disasters, Showboats A’Comin”, and Whistle for the Landing portray many facets of the Ohio River’s history and the role the river played in Switzerland County’s early economic development. The River History Museum showcases a rare and diverse collection of documents and artifacts depicting life and work along the river. Now open to the public, the Thiebaud Farmstead offers a look into the mid 19th century home of Justi and Mary Banta Thiebaud. A beautiful restoration of the 1850s Greek Revival is complete and available for tours and/or functions such as the Rural Heritage Tour and County Christmas. Visit all the museum properties and learn what it was like to live and work in Switzerland County in the 1800s.