The Cook Gallery
Our permanent exhibits are housed in the original 1918 Carnegie Library section of the museum building. Named after Gayle Cook, exhibits in the Cook Gallery explore Monroe County from the time of first European settlement to the culture of today, including industrial advancement, education, and lifestyles. Sit at a desk in the 1880’s one room school, explore pioneer life in an original 1840’s cabin or immerse yourself in Bloomington and Monroe County Sports and learn about athletes from Indiana University and area high schools. Come explore the fascinating history of Monroe County.
Henry & Cecilia Wahl Gateway
Come meet Monroe the Schmalz bear, sample local music, check out some limestone samples from around the area and get a sneak peak of the exhibits featured in the Cook Permanent Gallery.
From carriages to airplanes, the Brown Gallery features the ever-changing history of Monroe County transportation.
The Holidays at the History Center: A Gateway to Imagination
The Holiday season ramps into full swing once the Canopy of Lights illuminates the Square. Shortly to follow is the rush to cross off every name from your shopping list. Window front displays enticing you to step into a department store were a gateway to a child’s imagination. On display in the History Center will be dolls, action figures, board games, toy trains, and many more childhood favorites. Visit us and relive some of your favorite holiday memories.
November 16 to January 4
The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret C. Hill. New exhibits are installed every 2-3 months.
Monroe: a County of Cultures
The Monroe County History Center is excited to display close to forty objects on loan from the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science. Representing centuries and communities from all over the globe, Monroe: a County of Cultures aims to show how organizations, institutions, and other groups practice and infuse varying ways of life into the fabric we all call home.
June 25 to January 8
The Rechter Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Richard P. Rechter. New Exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.
Explore details of previous exhibits in the Rechter Gallery with our YouTube channel!
See the latest episode of “Nights at the History Center” here: