The WMI’s second floor museum is a must-see while visiting New Harmony. Explore our exhibits of history, art, and natural history to enjoy New Harmony’s rich heritage and fascinating past. The museum is free and open to the public.

Museum Collections

From the Harmonist wagon, the skeleton of a Civil War horse, to the unusual “eight-legged calf,” every object on display at the Working Men’s Institute has a unique story. Our museum collection includes cultural artifacts, specimens of rocks, plants, and animals, historic house wares, 19th century tools, and much more.

Works of Art

The museum’s Murphy Gallery contains noteworthy reproductions of Renaissance art. These 130 year-old copies were commissioned by WMI benefactor Dr. Edward Murphy after a trip to Italy in the late 1800s. He wanted the magnificence of the originals to be shared with common people. The gallery also features works from Stephen Pace, Franco Prosperi, and several local artists.

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