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. 

History Center Holiday Sale

Find your new favorite decoration or the perfect gift for that special someone. The annual Holiday Sale can be found in the first floor corridor, across from the Dunn Museum Store. All proceeds will support the preservation of collections, programs, and exhibits at the Monroe County History... Learn more

Holiday Exhibition: Dolls & Toys

Dolls and toys have brought tons of fun and memories to children for centuries. In this exhibition, dolls and toys from a variety of time periods will be on display along with some to play with and to create new memories. 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

Annual Canopy of Lights Open House

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

Annual MCHC Holiday Sale

Event: Annual MCHC Holiday Sale Dates: 29 October 2019 to 11 January 2020 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Location: Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street It’s that time of year again at the Monroe County History Center! Find your new favorite decoration or the perfect gift... Learn more