Monroe County History Center

  • 202 E. 6th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 332-2517

The Monroe County History Center strives to collect, interpret, and present the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County in order to best depict the heritage & culture of the community. The museum is located in a historical building that was previously a Carnegie Library, and before that, a school for Black children in late 1800s and early 1900s. Here, you can learn about the history of Bloomington's limestone industry, Monroe County transportation, local sports & athletes, and more. The History Center also features rotating exhibits throughout the year. 

Admission: Free for children ages 0-5 years, $1.00 per child ages 6-12 years, and $2.00 per adult.

Anatomy of a Quilt

"Anatomy of a Quilt" takes a close look at the history, material, deterioration, and conservation of the 1884 Showers Quilt. Sewn in the aftermath of the catastrophic Showers Bros. factory fire as a fundraising effort, the quilt tells a story of community resilience. Using the popular Building... Learn more

To the Soldiers of All Wars: Restoring the Alexander Memorial

For nearly 100 years, the Alexander Memorial has stood on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn in honor of and in remembrance of Monroe County veterans. In 2022, after 6 years of dedicated work by our community, the memorial was restored to its original condition. To the Soldiers of All Wars:... Learn more