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.
Fashion in the Factory: Women at Work During World War II
While women took blue collar jobs during World War II, their uniforms began to reflect a feminine presence in a male-dominated environment. On loan from Indiana University’s Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, a jumpsuit worn by a worker in Evansville, Indiana, will be on display, as well as other garments typical of RCA wartime workers.
February 19 – April 29
The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret C. Hill. New exhibits are installed every 2-3 months.
Women and RCA
With the onset of World War II, the traditional social roles for men and women of Monroe County shifted drastically. With a large number of men overseas, women had to take up both roles. Women and RCA shows how women contributed to the war effort, took care of their families, and shaped the identity of a post-World War II Monroe County.
January 25 – May 18
The Rechter Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Richard P. Rechter. New Exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.