Fourth of July

Join us for a Fourth of July Members’ only celebration!

Family, food, fun & fireworks on the back lawn and throughout the Museum. We will also be celebrating the 200 Vanderburgh County Bicentennial!

Doors open at 5:00 PM. Please do not bring coolers or large umbrellas!


Ticket Pricing

Museum Members – Free

Not-Yet Members – $10 each

Parking Pass – $10 per car

Must login as a member to purchase member tickets.

RSVP below or call (812) 425-2406

Laser Light Show 2018

To purchase tickets, call (812) 425-2406 or visit the receptionist desk.

Sky Watches: Mars

Join the Evansville Astronomical Society for a series of Sky Watches to take place on the Schroeder Plaza in front of the Museum. Using powerful telescopes you’ll have an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the Moon and two bright planets at three outdoor events. We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to come along!

Our last sky watch will be with Mars! Visit from 8:00-10:00 PM on Saturday, September 1 to get a first hand look at the red planet in our solar system.

First Thursdays with Patricia Rhoden & Rena Brouwer

The Evansville Museum Gift Shop will host Rena Brouwer & Patrica Rhoden on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 PM. First Thursdays give an opportunity for the public to meet the artist and find out about his or her inspiration and art techniques. First Thursdays are free and open to the public. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

In conjunction with Art In Bloom, the Museum Gift Shop will exhibit beautiful floral paintings by Indiana artists, Patricia Rhoden and Rena Brouwer. Both of these artists’ works can be classified as Impressionism and Abstraction, but are so very different in their painting styles and materials. Patricia Rhoden has created impasto painted floral images with oil paint and Rena Brouwer has used alcohol ink or watercolors. While their artwork is representational and vibrantly colored, each style diverges. Rhoden’s impasto application creates heavy ridges by her brush strokes that suggest movement and have a tactile quality. With washes and light brush strokes, Brouwer’s paintings have a weightless feeling to them. Brouwer’s images seem ethereal and are sometimes floating in the picture frame while Rhoden’s images are anchored to ground as depicted in the landscape. The exhibition will be colorful and stunning with the artists’ work intermingled for compare and contrast.

About the Artists

Retired Art Teacher, Patricia Rhoden earned her Bachelors of Art Ed. at the University of Toledo, a MA and a MFA at the Bowling Green State University. Her early studies were at the Penland School of Crafts learning printmaking, glass blowing, foundry and sculptures. Aside from her MA and MFA, her post-bachelors studies included Chinese Painting and Eastern Traditional Water Color Techniques, University of Hawaii and graduate classes at Portland State University. Rhoden is a prolific artist painting in her gallery, Rhoden Art in Nashville, Indiana.

Rena Brouwer is a self-taught artist having begun her artistic career in high school. She has studied under Zolton Szabo, Christopher Schink, Charles Reid and other accomplished artists. Upon graduating high school, she started working in visual design. She has helped international fine art companies promote their products, taught watercolor nationwide, and served for art organizations as well as many more professional achievements. In the fall of 2015, Brouwer reopened the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi, Indiana. She is an Indiana Artisan, member of the Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artists Club and Cardinal Fellow member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.

Geek & Comic Con 2018

EMGCC 2018 will be a celebration of the art, history and science of sci-fi, geek culture and the art of comics. EMGCC 2018 will be Saturday, August 25, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM and Sunday, August 26, 12:00-4:00 PM. This family-friendly event will be perfect for comic-con enthusiasts as well as first-timers to the convention scene. Expect special guests, fun and informative panels, hands-on workshops, activities, a costume contest and an artist alley.

History Celebration

On Saturday, September 8 from 12:00-4:00 PM, the Evansville Museum will host its second annual History Celebration. This event will include presentation on local history and booths highlighting area history organizations.

Detailed information about History Celebration will be available this summer.

A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality

This traveling exhibition from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) celebrates 30 years of LGBT history as seen through the lens of photographer Mark A. Lee. His photographs give visitors a front row seat to events, both public and private, that shaped the lives of many Hoosiers. “A VISUAL JOURNEY: FROM AIDS TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY documents members of the AIDS community, past and present Bag Ladies, members of Pride, and those who fought for marriage equality,” said Lee. “It also pays tribute to five very special people who are no longer here (for reasons other than AIDS) and takes a sneak peek into ourfuture, as it takes a closer look at the transgender community.”

The exhibition, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Cummins, also highlights IHS’s work with the Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative. First announced in 2014, the initiative includes oral histories, photographs and research materials donated to the IHS archives. The Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund and a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.

Nanene Queen Engle

On loan from a private collection, the July 29-September 30 Main Gallery exhibition explores the life and work of multi-talented artist Nanene Queen Engle through her watercolors, drawings, textiles and sculpture. The daughter of Magdalena and Walter Queen, Nanene was born in Evansville on December 10, 1918. She graduated from Bosse High School, attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and moved to California to study art at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles along with her future husband, artist Frank Engle. The couple returned to Newburgh in the 1940s to be closer to family. When the marriage ended, Nanene enrolled at the University of Evansville to complete her undergraduate degree.

Engle began her teaching career in the Evansville public school system in 1955 and taught art at the University of Evansville while earning her Master’s degree in art from Indiana University. In 1960-61, she joined the faculty at UE as an Assistant Professor of Art. During the 1960s, Ms. Engle held Assistant and Associate professorships at East Carolina University in Greenville, Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville before returning to UE in 1969, where she remained on the art faculty until her retirement in 1981.

Healthy is for Everyone: An Interactive Experience for the Tri-State

This summer, the whole family will be able to get hands-on with their health with the Evansville Museum’s exhibition HEALTHY IS FOR EVERYONE: AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE FOR THE TRI-STATE.

This exhibition, built upon the foundation of data collected from the 2015 Tri-State Health Survey commissioned by the Welborn Baptist Foundation, will take an in-depth look at health in the Tri-State in a family-friendly, interactive and educational way. Debuting July 1 and departing September 16, 2018, this major Old Gallery exhibition should not be missed!

Featuring local data, personal stories and community resources, the exhibition will feature topics including the top three health concerns and the top four preventable risk factors for the Tri-State. Guests also will discover how Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois stack up in comparison to the rest of the nation.

Appealing to anyone who wants to learn more about how to improve their health and taking the mantra “healthy is for everyone” to heart, the exhibition will reveal how age, ethnicity, income level and other demographic factors may affect our health. By exploring resources and input from local medical experts, guests will discover what they personally can do to improve their well-being.

In addition, the exhibition will examine the Tri-State’s healthcare legacy while celebrating the future with the opening of the Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science & Research Center. The exhibition will feature artifacts from the Museum’s collection showcasing our healthcare past.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of engaging community programs that will be held on #YourThursdayNights! and Free Fridays.

On Saturday, July 28, the Super Saturday theme will be Blood & Guts, featuring hands-on family-friendly activities centered around health and medicine. Be sure to follow the Evansville Museum on social media for the latest program updates!

Dinosaur Discovery

They’re back! Dinosaurs will once again roam the Museum July 29–October 28 when Dinosaur Discovery roars into the Museum’s Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Center for History & Science.

Experience Dinosaur Discovery and get a taste of life during the Mesozoic era by coming face-to-face with large North American creatures from the Cretaceous period. Hear the thundering roar of the fearsome Albertosaurus, while a coastal Pteranodon flies overhead. Wander with the three-horned, giant-frilled Triceratops and its young as they graze on vegetation.

In addition to seeing a bipedal carnivorous dinosaur, a family of quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaurs, and a toothless carnivorous aerial reptile, children can become paleontologists while digging for fossils through sand and uncover even more fossils by rubbing crayons on paper-covered templates. Take a memory of your visit home with you with a photograph of you or your guests riding a Triceratops or peering out from inside the deadly jaws of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The exhibition includes a display of fossil replicas of dino skulls, eggs and footprint casts from the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum Member admission to Dinosaur Discovery will be $5 for Adults and free for Youth. Admission for Not-Yet Members are $20 for Adults and $16 for Youth. Ticket prices include admission to the Museum and all of its galleries, admission to our Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC) and admission to any show of your choice in the Koch Immersive Theater during the day of your visit.