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.

Order Up! Restaurants of Monroe County

"Order Up! Restaurants of Monroe County" highlights the important place that restaurants have in our community's history. We often gather in restaurants and around food to celebrate happy occasions or comfort one another during sad moments. We strengthen friendships and form new ones over a meal... 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

Zines: A Culture in Focus

A zine, short for magazine, is a self-published, small-circulation work of original and appropriated text and images usually distributed amongst friends or sold locally. Zines provide a community for socially isolated and marginalized groups through the ability to share common ideas. Therefore,... Learn more

National Visit a Cemetery Day

Sunday, October 30, 2022 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