Monroe County History Center

  • 202 E. 6th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 332-2517
Located in the historic Carnegie Library Building, the Monroe County History Center is a dementia-friendly museum, genealogy and local history library, and gift store. The museum features a variety of exhibits and artifacts from Monroe County's past. Special exhibits rotate every few months. Library volunteers are on hand to help visitors with their family or local history research. The museum store is an excellent source of locally-made gifts.

Museum admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under 6. 

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.... Learn more

See Her Run: Monroe County Women in Politics

The Monroe County History Center commemorated the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020 with a year-long exhibit highlighting the activities and contributions of local Monroe County women for local, state, and federal suffrage. As we turn the page to a new year, we want to continue to focus on the... Learn more

How Do I Preserve This?

Have a family heirloom that needs a little TLC? Join Hilary Fleck, Collection Manager at the Monroe County History Center, to learn about ways you can preserve your photos, quilts, and more using examples from the permanent collection. The virtual lunch-time program will be guided by your... Learn more

Limestone Tour of Rose Hill Cemetery

Join members of the History Center Cemetery Committee for a tour of Rose Hill Cemetery! Learn about different headstone styles and carvings that are a part of our rich limestone industry history. To maintain social distancing, tour capacity is limited to 20. The tour will be taped and... Learn more