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 Many Paths to Monroe:
Family Portraits from the Permanent Collection
One way or another, families start, settle, grow, and move through Monroe County, Indiana. Hidden deep within our archives are a collection of family portraits from throughout our county’s history. They tell of the triumph and tragedy of the people that left a mark on this community.
September 6 – January 24
The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret C. Hill. New exhibits are installed every 2-3 months.
Where Hoosiers Found Hysteria: Monroe County High School Basketball
Indiana’s love for basketball has been nationally recognized for over 100 years, and it all started in Bloomington. Bloomington held the first eight high school state championships playing in gyms across the town and hosting teams at fraternity houses. Monroe County continued to add to its rich basketball tradition through unforgettable games and legendary players. From 1911 to the present day, Hoosier Hysteria has been a defining characteristic for Monroe County.
January 24 to May 30
As an addition to the exhibition Michaelangelos of Monroe (June 18 to October 12, 2019), local structures and sculptures are all around Bloomington and Monroe County. A.J. Gianopoulos, Exhibits Manager, takes you on a guided tour in this “Exhibition on Display-Michelangelos of Monroe.”
The Rechter Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Richard P. Rechter. New Exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.