Public Forum – Long Range Plan

Visit the Museum on Free Friday, April 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for an open house for public comment on the Museum’s long-range plan. Have the opportunity to provide feedback to help guide the Museum moving forward in the future as your community partner. Preview the long-range plan in advance EMAHS Long Range Plan Goal and prepare comments to let the Museum know your thoughts.

If you are unable to attend, please still review the Museum’s long-range plan by April 7. Provide any comments through email to

We hope to see you there!

Permanent Exhibitions

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 10.05.31 AMEMTRAC

This exhibition of the Evansville Museum Transportation Center, EMTRAC, interpret transportation in Southern Indiana from the latter part of the 19th century through the mid 20th century. Included in the exhibitions are a historic three-car train: a 1910 Sears Motor Car: and the intricate model railroad Charlotte’s Evansville.


Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 10.28.16 AMRivertown

Visitors can stroll down the brick-paved street of a 19th Century American rivertown to see ornately decorated homes and shops stocked with notions and sundries.



Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 10.37.25 AMArms for Victory Gallery

The galleries dedicated to early Evansville history, Abraham Lincoln, and the home front effort during WWII. The Center for History and Science offers changing science and history exhibitions throughout the year.


Museum Launches New Responsive Website

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science has launched a new responsive website. “The new website was created to meet the changing needs of our Museum patrons,” remarked Bryan W. Knicely, executive director. “With the many changes we have incorporated over the past year, a new online presence was needed to allow better interaction with Museum members, patrons, donors and the general community. The new site is date-driven, so you will always know what is coming up at the Museum and be able to purchase tickets to the Koch Immersive Theater, RSVP to programs and events, shop the Begley Museum Shop, renew your membership and make a donation all online.”

“The new online presence completes an entire series of changes and updates that we have made this past year at the Museum for the Evansville region,” commented William Bartelt, president of the board of trustees. The new website also contains information about the Begley Art Source which provides a full range of professional consulting services, including arts consultants who will guide you through the process of developing an affordable plan to incorporate artwork into your home or business environments.

The updated domain for the site is Other features include a blog, call to artists section, educational resources and links to the Museum auxiliary groups, including the Contemporaries, Docents and Guild, as well as other volunteer opportunities. New on the homepage is a current listing of Museum events and programs that will keep you up-to-date on Museum happenings with the ability to RSVP, add events to your electronic calendar and purchase tickets with a simple click.

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Evansville Museum Hires Bryan W. Knicely as the New Executive Director

Evansville, IN – The Board of Directors of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science announced today the hiring of Bryan W. Knicely as the new Executive Director. He was hired after a nationwide executive search guided by Arts Consulting Group. Knicely will begin his new role in mid-October.

“This is an exciting time for the Museum. After the successful completion of the capital campaign and building expansion, we are in a period of rapid growth and look to become the number one cultural destination in the region.  The Board’s appointment of Mr. Knicely to lead us at this time is based upon his prior successes and enthusiastic commitment to the arts,” says Board President Sharon Walker. “We are happy to have Bryan join the staff, as he has extensive experience leading arts and cultural centers across the country.”

Knicely was most recently the Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art where he received a Congressional Nomination for the 2015 National Medal for Museum Service by Congressman Ted Deutch. Knicely is the former President of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and, prior to Stonewall, he developed strategic grants and proposals for major exhibitions at Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.

Before relocating to Florida, Knicely led the Greater Columbus Arts Council as President, where he provided vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration to support art and advance the culture of the region. While there, he served on cultural delegations to Germany, Denmark, Chile and China. Knicely served as the Assistant Director and Accessibility Coordinator of the Maine Arts Commission and received two awards from Maine Governor John Baldacci for outstanding leadership and service to the State of Maine and two awards for his marketing and branding campaigns. He directed the agency’s international programs and worked with trade missions to France and a partnership exchange with Aomori, Japan. Further, he served as a cultural ambassador to Cuba.

Knicely has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts and served as a panelist on the NEA’s 2006 State Arts Agencies Partnership Agreement peer-review process, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He has presented at two National Assembly of State Arts Agencies conferences as well as being a member of Americans for the Arts and American Alliance of Museums. Knicely is certified by the Harvard Business School in Performance Measurements for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Management & Marketing from Otterbein University. He is an avid art collector and amateur photographer and enjoys traveling to visit museums and culturally historic sites around the world.

Bryan W. Knicely fills the vacancy left when Mr. John Streetman III retired at the end of 2012 after over 37 years of dedicated service. During the transition, the Museum was led by Interim Director and Curator of Collections Mary Bower. “Mary guided the Museum through the construction and opening of the new wing and Koch Immersive Theater,” says Walker. “The Board of Trustees is grateful for her dedicated service and commitment to the Evansville Museum.”

When asked about his appointment Knicely stated, “I am honored to join the talented team of board, staff, and volunteers at the Evansville Museum. I look forward to working with everyone to increase community engagement and collaboration across all sectors. I believe every person has tremendous potential for creativity when encouraged, and I am thrilled to get started!”