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.
Bloomington Newspaper Advertisements
Before the internet, television, and radio, newspapers told Monroe County families what was happening around the world. It wasn’t just the stories, but the advertisements that captivated people’s attention. Car dealerships, retail stores, and everything in between relied on this method to spread word of their sales and events. Visit the History Center to see a display of larger-than-life copies of advertisements showcasing the Monroe County community from almost a century ago.
November 3 to June 4
The Hill Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Margaret C. Hill. New exhibits are installed every 2-3 months.
From the Collection – Medical History
In the Monroe County History Center’s permanent collection, you can find all sorts of medicines, bottles, and instruments. The world of medicine has changed dramatically over the years as well as the treatments. Generations of Monroe County families went to the same doctors for all life’s stages. Some doctors traveled on horseback while others operated from their houses. On display will be many of the interesting and strange stories from Monroe County’s medical history.
March 30 to May 29
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: