FORT WAYNE — The museum of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend soon will preserve and share history from its most visible and accessible location yet.
A grand opening celebration will take place Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the new location of Diocesan Museum, the ground floor of the former chancery located at 1102 S. Calhoun St. on Cathedral Square in downtown Fort Wayne.
The new location has a large outdoor sign and stands less than a block from visitor destinations such as the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and Embassy Theatre.
Regular operating hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and by appointment. Admission is free.
For many years, the museum — formerly known as Cathedral Museum — has operated in a basement location, at St. Mother Theodore Guérin Chapel next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and, most recently, in the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center.
The move to the new building revives use of the former chancery, which had been mostly vacant for several years. The larger space allows the museum to display more items from its collection, said Father Phillip Widmann, who founded the museum in 1980 and still serves as its director as well as pastor of nearby St. Mary, Mother of God Church.
“I counted, and I have 40 things out that I’ve never had out before,” said Father Widmann.
Items on display also are less crowded than in the past, he said. Natural light pours through the museum’s windows to brighten the space.
The museum’s four exhibit rooms focus on separate topics: the Eucharist, relics, bishops and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and other items. Information cards provide details about items so people can explore the museum on their own.
For more information, visit //www.diocesefwsb.org/diocesan-museum.