Welcome to the Monroe County History Center
202 E. 6th St, Bloomington IN 47408
Museum Hours: Tues-Sat 10-4
We will be closed Saturday, July 23rd for the Criterium bike race in downtown Bloomington. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We have recently been notified that our online image request service has been nonoperational for some time. If you have requested a copy of an image in our collection through our online collections website form and have not received a response from our staff, please resend your image request. The problem has been fixed and we are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Collections Manager, Hilary Fleck, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-332-2517 ex. 6.
The Monroe County History Center's Indiana Bicentennial Tours will take you on a journey through history from the turbulence of the territorial years to the excitement of early statehood to present-day Indiana. We will visit places that are not otherwise open to the public, go on historian-guided tours to learn from the experts, and walk in the footsteps of important historical figures.There are three tours: Vincennes (June 18), Corydon, (Aug. 20), and Indianapolis (Oct. 22). See our Upcoming Events page for more details on each trip.
Click here to register and purchase tickets.
Indiana Bicentennial 200 Mile Virtual Challenge
Virtually run, walk, bike, or swim 200 miles by December 31, 2016 in celebration of Indiana's bicentennial as a fundraiser for the Monroe County History Center. Cost is $35.00 and all participants receive a medal.
Click here to register for the challenge.
The Monroe County Historical Society welcomes you to beautiful Bloomington located in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment. Our museum offers both permanent and rotating exhibits throughout the year giving Monroe County residents and visitors of all ages a chance to experience what life in Monroe County was like for diverse people at different times and to connect these stories with our lives today. Also, we offer a local history/genealogical research library and a museum store. The MCHS collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County and helps fit the story of Monroe County into that of the State of Indiana and the United States.
FREE Parking for the first three hours of your visit if you use the metered spaces in the city parking lot located directly behind the History Center (6th and Lincoln). After three hours, parking is $0.50 an hour in this lot. Otherwise, there is metered parking on the streets near the History Center. Rates are $0.25 per 15 minute increments.
Do you shop online? If so, consider shopping through FundSponge and help the Monroe County History Center at the same time. A percentage of every purchase made through FundSponge will come directly to the History Center, at no additional cost to you. All you have to do is follow this link and shop like you would normally. That's it.
We thank you for your support!
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