Working Men's Institute & Library, New Harmony

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#5 of 9 in Things to do in New Harmony
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Library founded by William Maclure, who was a prominent part of the community of founded in New Harmony in 1824 by Robert Owen. In his words, it's mission is to dedicate itself to "the diffusion of knowledge by mutual instruction amongst the producing classes who labor with their hands, and gain their bread by the sweat of their brow."
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  • the best collection of historical artifacts, totally free, and really interesting fossil/natural history collection. Kids will LOVE it, especially your budding scientists.  more »
  • Totally worth a quick stop to visit the little museum upstairs chock full of history and oddities. Very interesting history and important tie to the Owen/Maclure Utopian community.  more »
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  • This was by far the best and most suprising experience in New Harmony on a rainy day. Library is downstairs and is equivalent of most small town libraries. Upstairs is the museum and it exceeded any expectation of a small town museum. Odd collections of animal skulls and skeletons, firearms, minerals, crystals, antiques, and an 8 legged calf were in the west gallery. The east side had dozens of Renaissance paintings, a few from the Utopian period of New Harmony, and a modern art display. The building itself is a testament to a time long since past and the only remaining Working Men's Institute and Library out of 160 built.
  • I was surprised that the access to the museum is free.. with all the great collections that they have. I recommend going there..

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