John Dillinger Museum visits rise at new Crown Point home

This photo shows a Colt Thompson submachine gun, owned by the Peru Police Department. Officials say it's the same type of weapon John Dillinger stole from the department in 1933. (WLFI Photo)
This photo shows a Colt Thompson submachine gun, owned by the Peru Police Department. Officials say it's the same type of weapon John Dillinger stole from the department in 1933. (WLFI Photo)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The John Dillinger Museum has seen more visitors since moving from Hammond to Crown Point.

The museum moved into the historic Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point in July 2015 from its former home in the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond from 2008 to 2014.

Dillinger was an American gangster during the Great Depression era.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the museum saw nearly 26,500 visitors during its time in Hammond, including a high of more than 5,500 visitors in 2013.

So far in 2016, there have been more than 6,800 visitors to the museum in Crown Point, and nearly 10,800 from its grand opening to its one-year anniversary.