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Angel Mounds State Historic Site

8215 Pollack Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47715 812-853-3956 Website

Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. Angel Mounds features a newly designed model museum that tell the story of the people of the Middle Mississippian culture who inhabited this area from 1000 to 1450 A.D. and the archeological remains of mounds they inhabited.  Trails lead through the village for biking and hiking.  Amazing new find that unearths more of the mysteries of our earliest settlers.

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Bosse Field

23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Indiana 47711 812-435-8686 Website

Home to the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, Bosse Field opened in 1915 and was the first municipally owned sports facility in the United States. Only Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) are older than Evansville's Bosse Field. Site for the filming of "A League of Our Own" in 1992.  Whether you're a sports fan or a history buff, this structure is a must see! 

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Colonel William Jones State Historic Site

R.R. 1, Box 60D, Gentryville, Indiana 47537 812-937-2802 Website

This carefully restored 1834 Federal-design home of the merchant employer of Abraham Lincoln offers a unique look at the early development of Indiana and the life of Colonel William Jones, who was also a politician. Includes guided tours, themed talks, exhibits and gifts.

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Evansville African American Museum

579 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-423-5188 Website

The Evansville African American Museum is located in one of the nation's first housing projects - Lincoln Gardens - built in 1938 under President Roosevelt's New Deal Program. The community then was known as Baptisttown and was an independent, thriving community with black doctors, lawyers and educators. The EAAM celebrates the struggles, successes and experiences of the African American culture in Evansville throughout the last 70 years. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Click here for more information.

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Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-425-2406 Website

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is one of Southwestern Indiana’s most established cultural institutions. It is a general museum, maintaining a permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects, including fine & decorative arts and historic, anthropological, and natural history artifacts. Over twenty temporary exhibitions are displayed every year in four changing galleries, shows range from regional to internationally traveling exhibitions.

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Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC)

411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-425-2406 Website

Learn about the history of transportation in Evansville at EMTRAC - the Evansville Museum Transportation Center. EMTRAC details the history of early river, rail, aviation and street transportation, and includes a steam engine, club car and caboose from the early 1900s.

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday

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Evansville Visitor's Center - The Pagoda

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401 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-421-2200 or 800-433-3025

Built in 1912 and restored in 1995, the Pagoda retains its original Japanese architectural design conceived from a model displayed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. As a community gathering place, the Pagoda was a popular site for picnics and concerts for residents to enjoy along the river.

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George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

401 S. Second St., Vincennes, Indiana 47591 812-882-1776, ext. 110 Website

This memorial stands on the site where Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen defeated Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers to capture Fort Sackville from the British, one of the great feats of the American Revolution. The visitors center adjacent to the memorial features interpretive programs and displays.

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Grouseland - William Henry Harrison Home

3 W. Scott St., Vincennes, Indiana 47591 812-882-2096; 800-886-6443 Website

Grouseland was the home of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, who was the Governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1812. Built in 1803-04, the house was restored in 1911 as a museum and historic house furnished with period pieces, including many of Harrison's own possessions.

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Henager's Memories and Nostalgia Museum

8837 South State Road 57, Buckskin, Indiana 47613 (812) 795-2230 Website

The museum began as a repository for family memorabilia. Items included equipment and other items from the family's long line of woodworking history. The family also had a collection of items of local historical interest, including photos, printed materials, automotive equipment and vehicles and military items.

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Indiana Railway Museum

P.O. Box 50, French Lick, Indiana 47432 812-936-2405 or 800-74-TRAIN Website

All aboard for a scenic 1 3/4 hour, 20-mile train trip through the Hoosier National Forest aboard the French Lick, West Baden & Southern train line.

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International Bluegrass Music Museum

207 E Second St, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303 270-926-7891 Website

Located less than an hour from Evansville in Owensboro, KY., the International Bluegrass Music Museum collects, preserves and shares the heritage of the unique art form that is bluegrass music. Now offering guided tours for groups and music demonstrations.

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John James Audubon State Park & Museum

3100 US Highway 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky 42420 270-826-2247; 270-827-1893 Website

Located south of the Gold Star twin bridges that connect Indiana to Kentucky, Audubon Museum and State Park preserves the work and spirit of this internationally recognized expert of ornithology. Audubon walked the forest now named after him when he resided in Kentucky in his early years. Life-size folios are on exhibit as are details of the accomplished study done by Audubon throughout his life. The surrounding woods offer trails for hiking, a lake for boating or fishing, and a beautiful 9-hole golf course.

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Lincoln Amphitheatre

15032 N CR 300 E, PO Box 7-21, Lincoln City, Indiana 47552 (800) 264-4ABE Website

Lincoln Amphitheatre is a covered, 1,500-seat amphitheatre that is located inside Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana. It is the only covered outdoor venue in the nation and ensures that there is never a rain-out. The world premiere of "Lincoln" took place on the very grounds where Abraham Lincoln grew up. Enhanced by multimedia projections and period music, the story of the man considered by many to be the greatest U.S. president is expected to be a highpoint of the national celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

2916 E. South Street, Lincoln City, Indiana 47552 812-937-4541 Website

This splendid National Park is the site where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 of the most formative years of his life. Learn about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, who lived here in a pioneer community from 1816 to1830. The grounds include the burial place of Lincoln's mother and a working pioneer farm.

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Lincoln State Park

2940 E South St, Lincoln City, Indiana 47552 812-937-4710 Website

This scenic 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Recreational facilities include Lake Lincoln, lakeside shelter house, boat rental, nature center, cabins, picnic areas, shelters and trails. Lincoln State Park is home to the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum.

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LST 325

840 LST Drive
Along Riverfront at Marina Point, Evansville, Indiana 47713
812-435-8678 Website

Authentic WWII warship open for tours Tuesdays-Sundays and Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Called the ship that won the war by Churchill, the LSTs were essential in sea-to-land invasions.  The 325 is 328 ft. long, 50 ft.

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Main Street

Downtown Evansville, Evansville, Indiana 47708 Website

Antiques, gift shops, and much more provide ample shopping experiences in Downtown. Local artwork and exhibits can be seen at the Arts Council Bower-Surheinrich Gallery. Numerous restaurants featuring Italian, Mediterranean, Korean, Spanish, Chinese and local cuisine. Nightlife can be found at several bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

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Memorial Coliseum

350 Court St, Evansville, Indiana 47708

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum was built in 1918 to honor soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Built in the Classic Revival architectural style, the building is made truly unusual and striking by the brick wings on either side of the poured concrete front, the curved corner of which give the building an Art Deco Flair, says the Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page. The Coliseum is now used for sports, exhibitions, stage plays, concerts, meetings and receptions.

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Monastery Immaculate Conception

802 E 10th St, Ferdinand, Indiana 45732 812-367-1411 Website

The Castle on the Hill is home to one of the nation's largest communities of Benedictine women. Guided tours include the majestic domed church, outdoor Stations of the Cross, Lourdes Grotto, and Rosary steps. Gift shop, For Heaven's Sake also on grounds.

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New Harmony Atheneum

Historic New Harmony, P.O. Box 579, New Harmony, Indiana 47630 800-231-2168 Website

The Atheneum was designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier and serves as the visitor center for New Harmony, IN, and the surrounding region. Named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts, the Atheneum features an orientation film, communal history exhibits and an observation deck. Tours of historic New Harmony are available from the Atheneum daily from March 15 through December 30.

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Old Courthouse

201 NW Fourth St, Evansville, Indiana 47708 (812) 435-5241

The Courthouse is one of the finest examples of Neo-Baroque architecture in the United States. Elegant, intricate sculptures carved from Indiana limestone sit above each entrance. Lavish marble floors and walls inside are accented by the black slate stairs and wrought iron railings that lead to the top story rotunda. The Old Courthouse was built in the 1890s and remains one of Downtown's premier architectural showplaces.

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Old Post Office and Customs House

200 NW 2nd St
Corner of Second & Sycamore Streets, Evansville, Indiana 47708

Built in 1869, the Old Post Office and Customs House is a classic example of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style, featuring round arches over window and door openings, extensive use of stone masonry and towers.

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Reitz Home Museum

224 SE First St, Evansville, Indiana 47713 812-426-1871 Website

Return to the days of Victorian elegance and grandeur by touring the historic Reitz Home Museum. Described as one of the country's finest examples of French Second Empire architecture, the Reitz Home Museum features period furniture, silk damask-covered walls, hand-painted ceilings, delicately molded plaster friezes, French gilt chandeliers and intricately patterned wood parquet floors. Call for hours of operation, open Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday.

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The Roofless Church

P.O. Box 579
Historic New Harmony, New Harmony, Indiana 47631
800-231-2168 Website

The non-denominational Roofless Church, a New Harmony architectural landmark designed by Philip Johnson and built in 1960, is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Mrs. Jane Blaffer Owen, who commissioned the Roofless Church, believed that only one roof, the sky, could embrace all worshipping humanity. Its picturesque setting makes the Roofless Church a popular setting for weddings and other ceremonies.

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Victory Theatre

600 Main St, Evansville, Indiana 47708 812-435-6287 Website

The Victory Theatre is a 1,950-seat venue managed by Venue Works. The theatre recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and evokes nostalgic memories of the 1920s. In addition to being the home of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victory Theatre hosts a wide variety of concerts, Broadway shows and children's programming. The Victory Theatre is located on Evansville's beautiful downtown cobblestone walkway.

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Willard Carpenter House

405 Carpenter St, Evansville, Indiana 47708

Completed in 1849, Willard Carpenter House is one of the finest examples of pure Georgian architecture in this area. Built of brick and stone, it features a balanced facade and a classic facade over the entrance door. Restored in 1974 to as close to its original condition as possible, the home stands as a memorial to one of Evansville's most aggressive and influential pioneers.

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Willard Library

21 First Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47710 812-425-4309 Website

Willard Library is the oldest operating library in the state of Indiana. It was opened in 1885 under the directive to be a public library for the use of the people of all classes, races and sexes free of charge forever. The Special Collections department houses one of the most extensive collection for genealogy study in the Midwest. Sneak a peek at our famous Grey Lady with 24-hour viewing available on the Ghostcam on the library's website.

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