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 had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful museum. Even though it is expensive, it was worth it (although I would recommend them to consider having some kind of discount at least for... 
    My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful museum. Even though it is expensive, it was worth it (although I would recommend them to consider having some kind of discount at least for...  more »
  • surprisingly good for a smaller city. Really liked the exhibits they had on display. Located right on the Ohio River downtown, so you can take a walk on riverfront after the visit. 
    surprisingly good for a smaller city. Really liked the exhibits they had on display. Located right on the Ohio River downtown, so you can take a walk on riverfront after the visit.  more »
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  • One of the best museum trips I have had outside of Chicago itself. So much to see and do and every bit of it is cool and interesting. Got to see a lovely show in the planetarium. As an always hungry mind I still found new information there that I haven't learned in my 30 yes of experience on this planet. Totally worth the price even if you only spend an hour looking around both levels.
  • I was extremely impressed with this Museum and planetarium. It has a lot to offer for the entire family.

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