Get Out of Town, | May 11, 2017
These lesser-known 812 museums are perfect for curious Hoosiers.
Looking to learn more about your Southern Indiana roots? We found a few museums that can help with that. Make a day trip out of seeing all three or visit one and spend the day exploring its hometown.
T.C. Steele Historic Site
220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville
Covering 211 acres in scenic Brown County, the T.C. Steele Historic Site was given to the state by the Hoosier Group impressionist painter’s wife, Selma, at her death in 1945. Today the site features 350 paintings, with 50 to 60 on display at one time in Steele's studio, in addition to trails, gardens and lily ponds. Program Developer Cate Whetzel is proud of the formal garden, restored last year to its original 1920s appearance. Don’t miss the house on the property, she says, as its contents are mostly original family artifacts.
Dubois County Museum
2704 Newton St., Jasper
The Dubois County Museum focuses on the region’s German heritage and is located in an old factory building, donated by Kimball’s Furniture. Make your way through the expansive facility on your own or on a guided tour with museum volunteer and Dubois County historian Art Nordhoff. He says people often miss the most unusual items, like a land deed signed by Presidents Jefferson and Madison and even a Civil War flag. “They’ll walk right by it,” he says. In the open space is the “largest agricultural exhibit in Indiana,” in addition to 17 murals, each featuring landmarks from the communities in Dubois County.
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
411 S.E. Riverside Drive, Evansville
Interested in trains, WWII or stars? Check out the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. You’ll find a permanent exhibition on the 19th century train system in Evansville and exhibits on the way our relatives before us lived. The Koch Immersive Theater provides an experience the museum’s website describes as “more like flying than watching a movie,” with a 40-foot dome and a digital surround sound system. The theater’s traditional planetarium show, “Skies over Evansville,” shows viewers the constellations and planets present above them for just $7, less than the average movie ticket.