Welcome to the WWII Victory Museum


The World War II Victory Museum was established in 1999 through the generosity of its founders, the Dean V. Kruse family of Auburn, IN. The World War II Victory Museum contains one of the world’s most impressive collections of artifacts from the Second World War.

The collection includes approximately 150 vehicles and hundreds of uniforms, weapons and smaller artifacts. The majority of this collection comes from the former Victory Memorial Museum that was located in Messancy, Belgium. Due to the Victory Memorial Museum’s location (It was located in the Ardennes Forest region, approximately 30 miles from Bastogne, and was near areas where heavy fighting occurred during the Battle of the Bulge.) many of the pieces that are now in the collection of the World War II Victory Museum are survivors of the Battle of the Bulge.

The collection was transported from the Belgian facility of the Victory Memorial Museum to its current home in Auburn, IN during the months of October 2001 until January 2002. This impressive collection of artifacts includes many rare and, sometimes, the only known surviving examples of certain pieces.

By obtaining such an outstanding collection of artifacts, the World War II Victory Museum has a solid base upon which to build. The museum celebrated its Grand Opening in May 2003. However, much planning, fundraising, investment, and hard work remain to be accomplished before the museum nears the realization of its long-term goals.

Hours of operation:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years days.


The World War II Victory Museum is located off of Interstate 69 (exit 126) near Auburn, Indiana, just minutes north of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and south of the US 80/90 Toll Road. At Exit 126 head west, the drive to the museum is the second on the right.

Distance from major cities:

  • Ft. Wayne, IN 23 mins
  • Lansing, MI 113.3 miles - 1 hour 50 mins
  • Indianapolis, IN 126 miles - 2 hours
  • Detroit, MI 167.4 miles - 2 hours 49 mins
  • Chicago, IL 187.7 miles - 3 hours 3 mins
  • Toledo, OH 107.3 miles - 2 hours 4 mins
  • Cleveland, OH 205.9 miles - 3 hours 47 mins
  • Columbus, OH 194 miles - 3 hours 49 mins
  • Cincinnati, OH 206.9 miles - 4 hours 8 mins
  • Louisville, KY 249 miles - 4 hours 49 mins
  • Springfield, IL 361.9 miles - 5 hours 39 mins
  • Green Bay, WI 395.7 miles - 6 hours 26 mins
  • Nashville, TN 424.7 miles - 6 hours 32 mins
  • St. Louis, MO 384.8 miles - 6 hours 42 mins
Nearest Airports:
Fort Wayne International -- Commerial Airlines
3801 W. Ferguson Fort Wayne, In 46809-3194 260-747-4146

DeKalb County Airport -- Corporate/Private Aircraft
2710 County Road 60 Auburn, IN 46706 260-927-8876 Office 260-927-4048 Fax

Nearest Train Stations:
Amtrak -- (WTI) Lakeshore and Capital Limited Lines
Lincoln and Center streets Waterloo, IN 800-USA-RAIL


Admission to the WWII Victory Museum

Regular Adult Admission $10
Seniors (ages 55 and over) $8
Children (ages 7-12) $6
Non-WWII Veterans and Active Military Servicepeople $4
WWII Veterans (with ID) Free
Children (under age 7) Free

Special rates are available for groups, tour groups, senior groups, and student groups.*

Guided tours of the museum are available for an additional $20 per group.*

*other restrictions may apply. Please call the museum at 260.927.9144 to schedule in advance.

Hours of operation:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years days.





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