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Permanent Galleries

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.

Rotating Galleries

Hill Gallery

Praise the Lord! The Precedence, Practitioners, and Power of Gospel Music in Bloomington

On campus and off, gospel music is thriving in Bloomington! In this exhibit guest curated by Dr. Alonza Lawrence, learn about the history and ongoing impact of several area choirs: IU’s African-American Choral Ensemble, Voices of Hope, and the choirs of Second Baptist, Bethel AME, and Lighthouse Community Church.

April 30 to August 24

The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret Hill. New exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.

Rechter Gallery

Barns of Monroe County: Our Heritage Built in Wood

The shape and construction of a barn can tell the immigration story of the farmer who built it. Early white settlers to Monroe County were generally of English, Scottish, Irish, or German descent and their homes and barns reflected the building traditions of their respective cultural heritage. Barns of Monroe County explore traditional building styles and how they changed over time – assimilating and adapting to the new Monroe County landscape.

Barns of Monroe County is made possible with support from Indiana Humanities, Indiana Barn Foundation, and Hoosier Reclaimed Timber.

January 23 to June 29

The Rechter Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Richard P. Rechter. New exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.