A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance and some public museums makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smaller cities, towns and even the countryside. Museums have varying aims, ranging from serving researchers and specialists to serving the general public. The goal of serving researchers is increasingly shifting to serving the general public.

John Hay Center Salem, Indiana


The John Hay Center is a museum complex located in downtown Salem. Making up the center are the birthplace of John Milton Hay, the Stevens Memorial Museum, a pioneer village and The Depot railroad museum.




The Piper Flight Center Museum Salem, Indiana

The Piper Flight Center Museum is located at the Salem Municipal Airport in Salem, Indiana. The museum contains three vintage Piper aircrafts, a flight simulator, an a display room with several display cases containing numerous Piper artifacts’ dating back to the early beginning of Piper Aircraft Corporation.

No Admission Fee - Call the museum for a visitation appointment.




The Salem Depot Railroad Museum Salem, Indiana


Up-to-date railroad museum, The Depot transforms the great moments of a past era of Monon history into a reality to be remembered and enjoyed by countless visitors. In the process of adding a 30x50-foot addition that will house, among other attractions, the world headquarters of the Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society. Gift shop is open during normal operating hours and offer many unusual gifts with a railroad theme.


January to March - Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00pm

April to December - Tuesdays and Saturdays 1:00pm to 5:00pm

*Group tours can be arranged at any time.




Stevens Memorial Museum Salem, Indiana


The Museum is the centerpiece of the John Hay Center. The main exhibit area includes special sections devoted to early lawyers, a dentist's office and one of the town's earliest and most popular confectionaries. In addition to thousands of items related to southern Indiana history, the museum contains and extensive genealogy and historical library which draw researchers from all over the United States.


9:00 am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday.



The Stevens Genealogy Library Salem, Indiana

  • 307 East Market Street - Salem, Indiana
  • Phone: 812-883-6495
  • Library Open 9:00 - 5:00pm Tuesday - Saturday
The genealogy library, located in the Steven's Museum of The John Hay Center Complex in Salem, draws visitors from throughout the nation who are researching family histories. The extensive library contains thousands of family records and the staff is eager to assist in tracking family histories.