Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Evansville

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The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is a general-interest museum located on the Ohio riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana, United States. Founded in 1904, it is one of Southern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, with comprehensive collections in art, history, anthropology and science. It has a permanent collection of over 30,000 objects including fine arts, decorative arts, historic documents and photographs, and anthropologic and natural history artifacts. Also on the Museum's campus is the Evansville Museum Transportation Center, featuring Southern Indiana transportation artifacts from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The story of the Evansville Museum began in 1874 when the Ladies’ Literary Club was founded. The members of the Club were invested in studying art, history, and literature, and they were passionate about encouraging the study of art in Evansville. Initially, they obtained one exhibition that was housed in the Willard Library. After the success of the exhibition, they obtained more exhibitions and artifacts and were then in need of a museum building.
The first building selected for the Museum was the historic Barnes-Armstrong Mansion at the foot of Cherry Street in Sunset Park. However, in 1910 a controversial decision was made to demolish the Mansion for safety reasons, and the Museum’s artifacts were temporarily placed in the Old Court House. Although many artifacts were lost or destroyed in the move, the Museum was reopened in 1928 in the old YWCA building under the name Temple of Fine Arts and History. It was meant to be a sanctuary of art for the Evansville community.
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  • My wife and I spent about 3 hours here on our visit. There are great kids hands on exhibits based on science that are fun and very educational. There is lots of interesting history of the... 
    My wife and I spent about 3 hours here on our visit. There are great kids hands on exhibits based on science that are fun and very educational. There is lots of interesting history of the...  more »
  • I have to visit here every time I'm back in town. I love the collections that they have and spotlights. I cannot do the planetarium due to motion sickness but the kids and husband love it. 
    I have to visit here every time I'm back in town. I love the collections that they have and spotlights. I cannot do the planetarium due to motion sickness but the kids and husband love it.  more »
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  • Five stars alone for the interactive science center. The kids loved it so much! The art exhibit was wonderful too, and the train exhibit was pretty interesting too. Easy to get to, right on the river.
  • Pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do!! Three generations wandered around for a couple hours and every single person was excited and engaged. We also was Dinos at Dusk in the planetarium and that was educational and had us cracking up.

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