New Harmony's Atheneum
The Atheneum is not a particularly historic building, but within its walls are enough stories from the town's fascinating past to turn it into a proper history buffs dream. Serving as both a visitor's center and museum, the Atheneum has many artifacts of historic New Harmony on display. It derives its name from the Athenaion, a temple in Ancient Greece that was dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom. The museum is situated near the site of the original New Harmony settlement, and visitors can just walk there from one of the historic settlement's buildings.
Backstory and Context
The museum and visitor center is open year-round for guests coming to this quaint and historic part of Indiana. The Historic New Harmony guided walking tours, which tour through the historic district, leave from the Atheneum, so can either use the museum as the starting point of their trip or simply come to it as another stop during their own tour. There is also a gift shop and an observation deck that looks out onto green pasture surrounding the museum.