Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science

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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. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.[1]



The Transportation Center

A Science Center offers exhibitions and programs to inspire and instruct students of all ages. The Koch Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in the state, provides explorations of the solar system.[2] The Anthropology Gallery offers a look at cultures from 13,000 BC to the present. Artworks from the 16th century to the present are in the museum’s permanent galleries. Visitors can also stroll down the street of a 19th Century American rivertown to see ornately decorated homes and shops. The Evansville Museum Transportation Center traces the history of transportation and features the Sprinklesburg, Goosetown, and Independence Steam Locomotive.

The museum has produced notable solo exhibitions of artists such as John Stuart Ingle, Don Gummer, and Theodore Clement Steele, sometimes in collaboration with other institutions, including the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Indiana State Museum.


In May 2008 the museum unveiled plans for a $15 million expansion. It will include a new multi-story glassed pavilion with a plaza and water fountain, a museum shop and commercial art display area, and a planetarium and theater designed to look like a floating dome.[3] The museum intends to complete the expansion in 2010.

See also


  1. ^ "AAM List of Accredited Museums". American Association of Museums. http://www.aam-us.org/museumresources/accred/list.cfm?mode=alpha. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ "The Koch Planetarium". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. http://www.emuseum.org/planetarium.html. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Museum unveils expansion". Evansville Courier & Press. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/may/23/museum-unveils-expansion/. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 


NB: Some Worldcat listings and other sources refer to this museum as the "Evansville Museum of Arts and Science". It is also commonly called the "Evansville Museum".

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Coordinates: 37°57′54″N 87°34′24″W / 37.96513°N 87.57320°W / 37.96513; -87.57320