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.
Crest and Monroe County
In 1956, Crest unveiled their toothpaste to the world. For years prior to the release, scientists at Indiana University created the cavity preventing prototype and used residents as its test subjects. Through Crest advertisements, this exhibition will tell the story of how IU and Monroe County were involved with a revolutionary invention.
May 21 – August 12
The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret C. Hill. New exhibits are installed every 2-3 months.
Michelangelos of Monroe
At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, stone carvers came to America from Europe to help forge new identities for themselves and buildings all over the country. They quickly became a part of the community and passed down their knowledge to future generations to create a lasting legacy and tradition in Monroe County. Michelangelos of Monroe tells the story of limestone carvers in Monroe County from their artistic process to the impact of their work being on display throughout the region and country
June 18 – October 12
The Rechter Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Richard P. Rechter. New Exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.