2508 Hwy 41 North
Evansville, IN 47711
Phone: (812) 425-1092
Fax: (812) 426-1462
Arts & Museums
The Evansville African American Museum was inaugurated on 17th of April, 2007, and is situated at the site where one of America's first housing projects—Lincoln Gardens, was constructed in the year 1938. This museum basically speaks about the people from black community who have resided here since past decades. It showcases the culture, the habits and the condition in which the black community has stayed on for years.
The very famous Willard Library was founded by Willard Carpenter in the 19th century. It's a magnificent structure with great interiors of wooden panels. A haven for the genealogists, this place has many archives & a vast collection of volumes to refer to. The the library is lined up with the best books one is looking for. There are several periodical educational tours & Disney or FunBrain games arranged for children as well. For the thrill seekers there are the popular Ghost Tours sponsored by the library, where one may come across the reminiscences of 'The Grey Lady.'
The children's museum in itself is quite a unique place to visit. The sole aim of the museum is to strengthen the resources to improve children and to inspire the youth to become responsible citizens and leaders of the future. They impart knowledge to children and help them in learning and developing the art of creative expression. The complete setup of the museum is dedicated towards the improvement of children.
Reitz Home Museum is a majestic Victorian mansion— the sheer example of the French architecture. From ceiling to floor, every nook & corner is visitors' delight. This museum is an effort of the Reitz Home Preservation Society. Wood paneled doors and floors blend well with the stained glass panels. The fireplace and mantle pieces are an absolute work of art. Chandeliers to the ornate furniture— all remind you of the bygone years. The family legacy spells the rich tastes of the Reitz. The intricately designed and decorated mansion is a work of art by European artists. If time is not a constraint, a lot can be explored and marveled about. Also, there are grand luncheons too as special events.
The Evansville Museum is a place to look out for. Apart from the regular artifacts on display, one can indulge in loads of other activities. It houses The Koch Planetarium which is very informative. It conducts Girl Scout Programs and separate classes in art for adults as well as toddlers. Visits can be planned in advance and special tours are also arranged for large or small groups by the museum. The museum also offers memberships with a host of benefits. The gift shop located at the entrance of the museum has a wide variety of original works of art up for grabs.
This gallery owned by the Nance family focuses on fine art and has the best in display. It showcases original paintings, antiques, fine pottery items and some jewelery too. A fascinating array of curios from around the world are waiting here for you to own. Apart from these Nance Galleries also takes care of custom framing and restoration work. The display is placed in pretty old oak cases which makes the visit an out-of-the-world experience.