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Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pmJoin & Give


Members are partners in the MCHC mission to provide an accessible learning environment for all to enjoy through innovative exhibitions, stimulating programs and educational initiatives that bring the stories of Monroe County to life. Your membership makes our programming and exhibits possible. Through your membership, you’ll have VIP treatment which includes:

  • Free Museum Admission for the year
  • Subscription to the History Center’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Historian
  • 10% discount in the Museum Store
  • Reciprocal benefits at over 300 history museums throughout the U.S. through the Time Travelers program
  • 50% off copies in the Research Library
  • Early access to the annual Garage Sale Fundraiser

Members at the Supporter Level ($100) also gives you access to over 1000 museums throughout North America through the North America Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program. For a map of participating NARM institutions click here.



By becoming a sustaining member, you become the foundation for the vision that MCHC embodies – to be the storytellers of the history and culture of this community we hold so dear and to make a lasting contribution so future generations can understand our beginnings and embrace our future. Sustaining members receive all member benefits corresponding to their level of giving including reciprocal benefits to over 300 museums in the United States through the Time Traveler program and access to over 1000 North American museums and cultural centers through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program.


Since 1905, we’ve been weaving the images of families, locations, events and culture together so that our community, both present and future, can share in the sense of why our community is unlike any other. Your support preserves priceless collections, expands our exhibits and educates over 3,000 students a year. So that ALL can live, love and share in the history and home we call Monroe County.


In honor of Gayle Cook’s birthday in 2019, the Board of the Monroe County History Center, along with the staff and volunteers, created a scholarship fund to provide support for educational programs and scholarships for schools and summer camps so they may attend educational programs and workshops at the Monroe County History Center.

Donate directly here with a comment for the Gayle Cook Junior Historian Scholarship Fund to contribute to this brand new scholarship fund. 


As a supporter of the Bloomington community as well as the annual MCHC Garage Sale Fundraiser, Kroger sets aside funds for local nonprofits. When you link your Kroger Plus card using the Kroger Community Rewards, the MCHC receives a contribution each time your card is scanned.

To link your Kroger Plus card, go online to or call 800-576-4377. To link to the MCHC, register with Account #QC479.


By registering with Amazon Smile, every time you shop, a donation will be made to the Monroe County Historical Society. Visit to register today!

Many people ask what it takes to keep the History Center running. For Prime Day 2019, we created a wishlist filled with items that we use every day. By making a gifted purchase from this list, you can contribute to the care and keeping of our archives, the creation of our exhibits, and the care of our historic building.