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. 

New Exhibits: Spotlight on Local History

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until February 25, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

What We Wore: 20th Century Fashion Fashion in the 20th century saw more change and innovation than any other century. Take a walk down memory lane in What We Wore, an exhibit about 20th Century fashion featuring clothing, accessories, and photographs from the Monroe County History Center... Learn more

History Book Club

  • Recurring monthly on the last Saturday until December 30, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Read the book listed for your month(s) of choice and visit the Monroe History Center on the last Saturday of every month to discuss its content. Learn more

Women at War: The Home Front

  • March 11, 2017

This interactive program will have guests learning about the important roles women played during wartime and how war affected life on the home front. Women from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War will be represented by first-person interpreters. Learn more

History Detectives Camp

  • March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Campers become history detectives by examining historical documents and photos of historic Bloomingtonians. Using new-found sleuthing skills, campers look for clues about the people’s lives and discover their final resting places at Rose Hill Cemetery. End the week with a field trip to the... Learn more

Researching Your House's Hisotry

  • March 25, 2017
  • (812) 349-3420

In collaboration with the Monroe County History Center, the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission and Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will be hosting an educational lecture and workshop on researching a house’s history. The event will be held on Saturday, March, 25, 2017... Learn more

Researching Your House's History

  • March 25, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Learn on how to research the history of your home and the available resources to do so. Learn more

James Whitcomb Riley Performance

  • April 8, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Danny Russell comes to the Monroe County History Center to tell the story of James Whitcomb Riley, a children's poet. Bring the kids for a fun story telling! Learn more

Barn Quilt Workshop

  • May 20, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Learn about the history of barn quilts and join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block. All supplies will be provided and depending on your design, you will leave with a finished quilt block or with one last color (which will be provided). br... Learn more

Dinner with the Dearly Departed

  • May 20, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Enjoy a historical dinner outside at the Rosehill Cemetery. There will be delicious food and reenactments of the famous historians buried at the cemetery. Learn more

Monroe County History Center Garage Sale

  • June 9, 2017 - June 10, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

The Monroe County Historical Center hosts their annual garage sale for Bloomington and surrounding communities. A selection of donated items new and from previous years will be available to buy. All of the proceeds go to the history center. Learn more

Indiana History Camp

  • June 13, 2017 - June 16, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Build a log cabin like a pioneer, march like a Civil War soldier, dance like a 1920's flapper, and plant your own WWII victory garden as you travel through Indiana's history. Hands-on activities and reenactments will be done with the History Center's collection. There will be a field trip at the... Learn more

Bloomington Garden Club's 28th Annual Summer Garden Walk

  • June 17, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Visit four very special private gardens during this year's Annual Summer Garden Walk! Included are Indiana University’s Hilltop Gardens and this year’s Flower Show at the Monroe County History Center. The flower show theme is Faces and Vases, illustrating imaginative ways of celebrating family,... Learn more

Hoosier Art Camp

  • June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
  • (812) 332-2517

Learn about painters, sculptures, fiber artists and photographers from Indiana and then let out your inner artist by creating your own Hoosier-inspired art! Learn more