Monroe County History Center

  • 202 E. 6th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 332-2517
Located in the historic Carnegie Library Building, the Monroe County History Center is a dementia-friendly museum, genealogy and local history library, and gift store. The museum features a variety of exhibits and artifacts from Monroe County's past. Special exhibits rotate every few months. Library volunteers are on hand to help visitors with their family or local history research. The museum store is an excellent source of locally-made gifts.

Museum admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under 6. 

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

VOTES FOR WOMEN: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Monroe County

The Monroe County History Center will be commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote with a year-long exhibition in the Deckard Education Room. The exhibit will feature Monroe County women involved in struggle for suffrage in the... Learn more

VOTES FOR WOMEN! Exhibit Reception

Join us at the Monroe County History Center for the opening reception of the year-long exhibition commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote. As the kickoff event to our 2020 Suffrage Centennial Programming, Hilary Fleck will give... Learn more

Where Hoosiers Found Hysteria: Monroe County High School Basketball

Indiana’s love for basketball has been nationally recognized for over 100 hundred years, and it all started in Bloomington. Bloomington held the first eight high school state championships playing in gyms across the town and hosting teams at fraternity houses. Monroe County continued to add to... 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


  • February 1, 2020
  • (812) 332-2517

Calling all puzzle enthusiasts! Our annual celebration of International Puzzle Day is back! The day will be filled with activities for all ages, a puzzle sale & swap, and our jigsaw competition sponsored by the IU Office of the Bicentennial and supported by Aver's Pizza. Twenty teams will go... Learn more