Museums and the arts

Several of the places listed below are along Seventh Street in Terre Haute, which has  been designated the Arts Corridor.


Swope Art Museum
25 S. Seventh St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
(812) 238-1676

The Swope Art Museum is known worldwide for its collection of more than 2,000 works of American art including 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Paintings from the "American Regionalist" group include works by Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh and Grant Wood. Art from the latter half of the 20th century features such notable painters and sculptors as Alexander Calder, Moses and Raphael Soyer, Robert Motherwell, Eva Hess, Robert Rauschenberg, and Leonard Baskin, as well as screenprints from Robert Indiana (Decade Portfolio) and Andy Warhol (Marilyn). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children is suggested.

University Art Gallery
Indiana State University
Center for Performing and Fine Arts
Corner of North Seventh & Chestnut Streets
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-3720

With its ever-changing schedule of exhibitions, ISU's University Art Gallery provides students, faculty and the public with experiences in contemporary visual arts. The Recital Hall across from the gallery in the Center for Performing and Fine Art is convenient for lectures and discussions about art, and its acoustically friendly space was designed to highlight musical performances by students, faculty and guest artists. Hours for the Art Gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

New Theater
Indiana State University
540 N. Seventh St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-3333

This theater-in-the-round plays host to everything from cutting-edge original plays to Greek classics during the ISU school year. During the summer, professional artists journey to Terre Haute to perform with students in the highly acclaimed Crossroads Repertory Theatre. Check the website for any current performances, times and prices.

Vigo County Historical Museum
1411 S. Sixth St.
(corner of Sixth and Washington)
Terre Haute, IN 47802
(812) 235-4998

Wander among 12 rooms of history in this restored Victorian house, including the Bindley family drugstore collection, a schoolroom, country store, dressmaker's shop and sports hall. Check out the Coca-Cola memorabilia - Terre Haute is the birthplace of the Coca-Cola bottle. And while you're there, learn about the Legend of Stiffy Green, a dog famous in local lore. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. There is no admission fee, but donations are suggested.

Children's MuseumTerre Haute Children's Museum
727 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47807
(812) 235-5548

Come face-to-face with a replica of a T-Rex skeleton, forecast the weather in the TV station area, encase yourself in a giant bubble, look for artifacts like an archaeologist, and climb the treehouse to shoot pollen at a giant flower. Pit your speed against a cheetah and an elephant. Those are only some of the hands-on activities awaiting the young and young-at-heart in the Terre Haute Children's Museum at Eighth and Wabash in downtown Terre Haute. The three-story museum contains a gift shop and cafe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Children age 2 and under are free.

Eugene V. Debs Home Museum
451 N. Eighth St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
(812) 232-2163

Debs was known as a pioneer in the labor movement, a founder of the Socialist Party and a candidate for U.S. President on the Socialist ticket. The eight rooms of the first and second floor  contain period furniture, family photographs and memorabilia, and correspondence with such famous persons as Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg and James Whitcomb Riley. The home is a State and National Historic Monument. Hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.