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.

Preserving History: The Legacy of Gayle and Bill Cook

How a building looks and functions can affect the life of everyone in and around it. As several properties around Bloomington went into disrepair, Gayle and Bill Cook, with Cook Inc., started to preserve the physical structures and set them up to impact the community for years to come. This... Learn more

We Answer the Call: Our Neighbors' Stories from the COVID-19 Community Oral History Project

In the midst of a global pandemic, many Monroe County residents did what they could to help their family, friends, and neighbors stay healthy. The exhibit, We Answer the Call: Our Neighbors' Stories from the COVID-19 Community Oral History Project, features quotes from members of our community... Learn more

41st Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser

  • Dates vary between June 10, 2022 - June 13, 2022
  • (812) 332-2517

June 10, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm June 11, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm June 13, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, most items half-price The largest garage sale in Monroe County returns to 4015 Profile Parkway. The warehouse is packed with treasures that are just waiting to be claimed. From antiques to... Learn more