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 Alliance of Museums.[1]

Exhibits, Exhibitions and Attractions[edit]

The Transportation Center

Permanent exhibit galleries include learning spaces devoted to art, history, anthropology and participatory science.[2] 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 museum offers changing history and science exhibitions in its Center for History and Science [3] and changing art exhibitions throughout the year.[4] An area for families offers participatory exhibits and programs to inspire and instruct students of all ages. Interesting and informative science demonstrations are performed by student volunteers most weekend afternoons.[5] The Koch Immersive Theater houses a 40-foot diameter domed screen with 360-degree digital projection and a 10,000-watt surround sound system. Programming for the theater includes traditional astronomy programs and giant screen, immersive films that span a range of topics heavily weighted toward science and exploration.[6] More information can be found at http://emuseum.org/koch-immersive-theater.

The Evansville Museum Transportation Center traces the history of transportation and features the Sprinklesburg, Goosetown, and Independence Steam Locomotive.The transportation center also includes a L&N Tennessee Club Car and a caboose. The locomotive is a 1908 Milwaukee Road 0-6-0 switcher steam engine, believed to be the last of its kind. More information can be found at http://www.emuseum.org/transportation-center.

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 October 2012 the museum scaled back its plans in order to complete the last phase of a three year expansion announced in 2008.[7] The modified plan called for a glass walled, rectangular addition with a domed immersive planetarium and theater. The domed theater is entirely inside the building box, visible from the exterior. A pedestrian-friendly plaza and new museum entrance connects the addition to parking and the Evansville Museum Transportation Center. The expansion, which began with repairs, renovations and additions to its existing building was completed at a cost of $14.1 million.[8] The museum re-opened its doors to the public on February 7, 2014. A key piece of the project, the new Koch Immersive Theater features a 40 foot diameter domed screen with a 360 degree digital projection.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AAM List of Accredited Museums". American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Featured Exhibitions-Art". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Featured Exhibitions-History and Science". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Featured Exhibitions-Art". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Science Demos". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Public Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For February 7". The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Museum unveils expansion". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Museum cuts $3 million from expansion to speed construction". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  9. ^ "Evansville Museum Opens to the Public". Tri-State Homepage. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 


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