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. 

Who Stole the Canopy of Lights?

Our new exhibition "Who Stole the Canopy of Lights?!" opens November 2nd and will be a fun scavenger hunt through the history of Monroe County. Fun for all ages! Rare collection of toy trains will also be on display! Learn more

Annual Canopy of Lights Open House at the Monroe County History Center

Start or continue a tradition by visiting the History Center before and after the lighting of the Canopy of Lights on Courthouse Square. Warm up with hot cider and cookies when you visit our new holiday exhibit. Play games and make holiday crafts as you await the announcement of the "Name the... Learn more

History Harvest - A Community Scanning Event

We're turning private history into public history. Dig out your old letters, photographs and documents that relate to the history of the town of Bloomington, Indiana. Bring in up to 10 documents or photos from before 1970 that relate to town buildings, community events, schools, churches and... Learn more