Since 1996, the Pagoda has been the home of the offices of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau and our Visitors Center. Originally designed as a community gathering place, the Pagoda now welcomes and provides information for our visitors.
In 1913, the $15,000 Sunset Park Pavilion opened. The concrete structure with open-air views of the Ohio River and upper story with a promenade and bandstand area were an immediate success as the hub of activity for Sunday afternoon picnics and concerts. Its popularity continued until the historic flood of 1937 left it buried in mud. The building was abandoned and fell into severe disrepair for decades.
In 1990, the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau allocated $1,475,000 to renovate the building for its offices and Visitors Center. We have been pleased and proud to share this beautiful historic place with our visitors. We invite you to make us your first stop and enjoy our picture-perfect view of the Ohio River in downtown Evansville.
Visitors Center Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday: 12 noon-5 pm (Closed on major holidays).
Starting October 2021, hours will be Monday through Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm. Sunday: 12 noon-4 pm