Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown!
Sep09

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown!

It can’t be that time of the year already, can it? Summer is winding down, the weather is swiftly turning, everyone’s back in school, and… it’s almost time for another Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown (BAT) event! Make that the 17th annual BAT, that is. For 17 years now, this event (put on by Visit Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne’s Convention and Visitors Bureau) has been giving locals the opportunity to experience some of the best attractions our city has to offer–for FREE. Here’s how the program works: 1. Pick up a passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Old National Bank location or download a printable one-page Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown Passport online. 2. On Sunday, September 13th from noon – 5 p.m., you and your friends and family will be able to visit 12 of Fort Wayne’s participating attractions and museums for FREE. Just use your passport to gain free admission to all attractions. (You only need one passport for your entire party). Here is the list of attractions and museums participating: African/African-American History Museum The African/African American Historical Museum holds exhibits on Africa, African-American inventors, musicians, and local entrepreneurs, as well as pioneers in business, education, social work, and health. Exhibits also feature general local history, the Underground Railroad, and a sports archive featuring athletes who started their sports careers right here in the Fort. Allen County Courthouse This is the only time during the year you’re allowed to take a camera into the Courthouse! Visit this National Historic Landmark and learn about its cultural legacy. This building is a premier example of Beaux Arts architecture and is one of the largest and most elegant courthouses in the nation. Artlink Contemporary¬†Gallery Artlink is more than just an art gallery, it’s an organization that connects artists with the community and the community with the arts. Artlink hosts 28 exhibits each year and has a robust education programming schedule for both kids and adults. The gallery will feature “Maurice Papier: A Retrospective” during BAT. Cathedral Museum Located on the lower level of Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, the Cathedral Museum houses religious artifacts dating back to the times of Jesus Christ and Abraham. The Cathedral Bookstore, located on the first floor, carries a large selection of books, gifts, religious articles, and church supplies. Embassy Theatre Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features Broadway productions, headliner concerts, educational programming, community events, and cinema. Experience a self-guided tour of the Embassy and Indiana Hotel Lobby and listen to the famous sounds of the Grande Page Organ. Plan extra time for an all-ages scavenger hunt activity, too....

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