Monroe County History Center

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

Explore three galleries, a genealogy library and a museum store featuring many items related to Monroe County and Indiana heritage. Learn about Bloomington's limestone heritage and other early industries or explore a one-room schoolhouse and pioneer cabin. Changing exhibits and special programs run throughout the year.

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

Crest and Monroe County

In 1956, Crest unveiled their toothpaste to the world. For years prior to the release, scientists at Indiana University created the cavity preventing prototype and used residents as its test subjects. Through Crest advertisements, this exhibition will tell the story of how IU and Monroe County... Learn more

Exhibit - Michelangelos of Monroe

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, stone carvers came to America from Europe to help forge new identities for themselves and buildings all over the country. They quickly became a part of the community and passed down their knowledge to future generations to create a lasting legacy and... Learn more

Living with History Memory Walk

Spark up a conversation with your loved one living with dementia on a guided gallery tour! Together we will explore the past while we share our stories. To register, visit our program calendar or call 812-332-2517. Memory... Learn more

The Covered Bridges of Monroe County

Featuring 121 color images of the covered bridges of Monroe County, Jeremy Boshears’ new book The Covered Bridges of Monroe County captures many characteristics of these engineering feats. Boshears will be joining the Monroe County History Center for a special presentation and book signing in... Learn more

Master Class on Stride Piano Presented by Judy Carmichael

Bloomington Boogies is offering a free MASTER CLASS ON STRIDE PIANO. Judy Carmichael, a foremost interpreter of stride and swing piano, will present a Master Class, co-sponsored by the Monroe County History Center and with support from the Bloomington Arts Commission, for up to 20... Learn more