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. 

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

The Many Paths to Monroe: Family Portraits from the Permanent Collection

One way or another, families start, settle, grow, and move through Monroe County, Indiana. Hidden deep within our archives are a collection of family portraits from throughout our county’s history. They tell of the triumph and tragedy of the people that left a mark on this community. Learn more

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. ... Learn more

From Cotton Fields to University Leadership

Sharing personal reflections of his upbringing and family life in the Arkansas Delta, Charlie Nelms tells his story of growing up in the Deep South and raising to success as the youngest and first African American chancellor of a predominantly white institution in Indiana. From Cotton Fields to... Learn more

The Terror of Indiana

“Years before the Hatfields and McCoys, another family feud made headlines across America…” Bob Moody tells the tale of a family dispute between two wealthy farm families that escalated into arson and murder in The Terror of Indiana. As the first complete account of the Bent Jones and... Learn more

Saturday's Child featuring the music of Hoosier Darling

Sarah Flint, Ginger Curry and Stella Weakley are ‘Hoosier Darling’ – a tight harmony, fun-loving trio of gals who enjoy singing together and performing songs that they enjoy, including Audience favorite cover tunes and their own originals! Doors open at 10:30 and WFHB will be serving a... Learn more

National Visit a Cemetery Day

Sunday, October 27, 2019 is National Visit a Cemetery Day. The Monroe County History Center Cemetery Committee invites you to come check out one or several of the many fine cemeteries around Monroe County. Learn more