Working Men’s Institute
Part library, part museum, part memorial to a Utopian dream, the Working Men’s Institute in New Harmony offers a unique glimpse of early nineteenth-century history.
Established by philanthropist William Maclure in 1838, the Working Men’s Institute (WMI) set as its mission the dissemination of useful knowledge to those who work with their hands. After 170 years of continuous service, this goal is still at the heart of our mission. The Working Men’s Institute in New Harmony was the first of 144 WMIs in Indiana and 16 in Illinois. It is the only one remaining. Today, the WMI is a public library, museum, art gallery, and an archive. In each of these areas, the WMI tries to stay true to the original mission of William Maclure.
A visual tour is available on the WMI’s website and the WMI also has YouTube Videos.
In October of each year the Friends of the Working Men’s Institute (a fundraising organization to benefit the WMI) hosts the popular annual chili cook-off on the grounds of the WMI. It also sponsors annual book sales during the Antique Festival in June and during Kunstfest, as well as the Annual Chili Cook-off held the 3rd Saturday in October at the Working Men’s Institute.
10:00-5:00, Tuesday – Saturday
We offer curbside assistance Tuesday-Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm. Computer labs are open by appointment only. There will be two patrons allowed at the computer lab at a time and you must wear a mask.
Normal Business Hours:
Open Tue-Thur 10am-7pm, Fri & Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 12pm-4:30pm.