Working Men’s Institute – Murphy Gallery

407 Tavern St., New Harmony, Indiana 47631

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Founded in 1838, the WMI is Indiana’s oldest continuously operating library. The second floor museum preserves New Harmony’s rich history.

The free, 2nd floor Murphy gallery features two art collections for viewing. The older gallery displays a collection of copies of famous renaissance works that commissioned by Dr. Murphy (1813-1900) who underwrote the building of the library itself. The paintings, in ornate gold frames, are Italian copies of well-known masterpieces that Murphy purchased between 1887 and 1895.  The copyists are unknown but the names of the original painters are noted on brass plaques on the frames.

The contemporary collection displays works by Stephen Pace, Jacob Maentel, and several other well-known local artists.

Monday Closed
Tuesday10:00 am – 07:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 07:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 07:00 pm
Friday10:00 am – 04:30 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 04:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm

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