Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington is a city in Monroe County, Indiana, United States, with a population of 79,168 (as of 2020). It is 50 miles south of Indianapolis. The urban area has a size of 51.6 km².

Bloomington is the home of Indiana University's main campus with approximately 42,000 students and home to the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, the renowned Jacobs School of Music, the Kelley School of Business and the Maurer School of Law.

The Oscar-winning film Crazy Guys (1979), about the local annual Little 500 bicycle race, was filmed in Bloomington.


Sightseeing features

 Indiana Memorial Union
John L Nichols House
Memorial to the (future) birthplace of Star Trek character Kathryn Janeway

31 structures and sites in and around Bloomington are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as of October 22, 2019, including Blair-Dunning House.

In addition, there are several lakes and wooded areas in the area, which are a popular destination for residents of Monroe County, especially on weekends. These include Griffy Lake, which is very popular with students and is on the northern edge of the city and is surrounded by mostly hills and forests. In the southeast of the city there is a swamp area with a waterfall (the Leonard Springs Nature Park), while in the southwest Olcott Park is available to residents. The Yellowwood State Forest is no longer in Monroe County, but in neighboring Brown County, which is about 25 minutes by car from Bloomington.


Indiana University Art Museum
The Indiana University Art Museum is a museum on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. His collection currently includes about 40,000 objects. The Art Museum at Indiana University was opened in 1941 on the grounds of the Mitchell Hall Gallery. The idea of creating a museum was proposed by the then president of the university, Herman Wells; the first director was Henry Radford Hope, head of the visual arts department at Mitchell Hall.

The museum's collection was temporary until 1955 when collectors James and Marvelle Adams donated a terracotta bust by sculptor Aristide Maillol to Indiana University, hoping to spur the creation of a permanent museum collection. The William Lowe Bryan Memorial Fund and the newly created James Adams Foundation, supported by the university's president, funded some of the museum's acquisitions in later years. This helped establish the museum, whose acquisitions continued into the 1960s and 1970s.

The museum moved to a new building on the university campus in 1962. In 1968, Henry Hope invited Thomas Solley as assistant director, who became director in 1971 after Henry Hope retired. Trained as an architect, Solley was well placed to design and build a new stand-alone building for the art museum. Construction was undertaken by I.M. Pei and Partners in 1974, where the famous American architect of Chinese origin, Bei Yuming, worked. The building was built in 1982 and has three galleries for permanent exhibitions and one gallery for special exhibitions. Thomas Solley retired in 1986 and was replaced by Adelheid M. Gealt, who is still a director.

The three permanent galleries house art from the Western world, Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and the Americas: ancient Chinese porcelain, Japanese paintings, Greek, Roman and Etruscan vases, bronzes and mosaics. Artistic works include works by German and Austrian expressionists, contemporary European and American masters, and American abstract artists.

The museum is 105,000 square feet, of which about 38,000 square feet are devoted to gallery space, about 17,000 square feet is occupied by the library, and 18,000 square feet is the atrium. There are areas for the museum office, a souvenir shop, a left-luggage office, a cafe. Outdoors, there is a Sculpture Terrace area where sculptures are installed and you can move freely.

The museum is free and open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. In 2012, he received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation.


The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, often shortened to the Kinsey Institute or the Kinsey Institute, is a scientific institution dedicated to "promoting interdisciplinary research and the study of human sexuality, gender and reproduction".


Lilly library
The Lilly Library, (in English: Lilly Library), is one of the most important research libraries in the United States. It is located on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The beginning of its journey between the years 1954-1957. During these years, Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., after whom the library is named, donated his collection of rare books and manuscripts - considered one of the best private collections in the world. This collection had a formative effect on the intellectual life of the university, and subsequently on the entire state of Indiana. In October 1960, JK Lilly and the president of the university, Herman B. Wells, together opened the doors of the library which was established over the years as one of the most important research institutions in America. The library contains many rare items, including the first printed edition of The Canterbury Tales, Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of the first printing of the Bill of Rights, the first printed collection of William Shakespeare's works, the personal archives of Orson Welles, Sylvia Plath, Kurt Vonnegut, and more.



Hoosier National Forest
Hoosier National Forest is a United States Forest Service managed property in the hills of southern Indiana. Consisting of four separate sections, it has a total area of 821 km². Hoosier National Forest is headquartered in Bedford, with regional offices in Tell City. Highlights of the forest include the Lick Creek Settlement, Potts Creek Rockshelter Archaeological Site, and the Jacob Rickenbaugh House.

Hoosier National Forest was first affected by mankind approximately 12,000 years ago when Native Americans from the United States of America hunted in the forest. Europeans reached the site in the late 17th century and began building villages there. The exploitation of timber began in the 19th century, after 1865 in the most difficult to reach areas; by 1910 much of the area had been deforested. In the early 1930s, the governor of Indiana pushed the federal government to take action against land erosion that was causing local populations to migrate; the law was approved on February 6, 1935.

Within the Hoosier National Forest 2 miles (3 km) south of Chambersburg is the settlement of Lick Creek, a village of free blacks led by Quaker Jonathan Lindley occupied from about 1819 to 1865. The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest at Paul contains an excellent example of primeval forest, and the Hemlock Cliffs Recreation Area in Crawford County has one of the most scenic drives in Indiana.

Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower is the only remaining fire lookout tower of the eight that once stood in Hoosier National Forest. At the time of construction, there was a two-room house for the ranger and his employees, but it was later destroyed. Visitors can still climb the tower, paying due attention.

Maumee Scouth Reservation and Tarzan Lake are located in the Hoosier National Forest.[3] Tarzan Lake is named after Sarkezs Tarzan, who led the campaign to build the camp.


Lake Lemon

Lake Lemon is a reservoir in the United States. Lake Lemon is located in the county of Monroe County and the state of Indiana, in the eastern part of the country, 800 km west of the capital city Washington, D.C. Lake Lemon is located 189 meters above sea level. It covers 5.7 square kilometers. The highest place around is Maple Hill, 291 meters above sea level, 10.3 km east of Lake Lemon. The area around Lake Lemon is almost completely covered with flowering forest. It covers 3.0 km from north to south and 6.2 km from east to west.



Bloomington's demographic is heavily influenced by Indiana University's students and employees.

2010 census
According to the 2010 census, the population was 83.0% White, 8.0% Asian, and 4.6% African American (the rest was distributed among others). At 8%, the percentage of residents with Asian roots is quite high for the state of Indiana and is mainly due to the university, which also attracts many foreign students and teachers.

2000 census
According to the 2000 census, 87.0% were White, 5.3% Asian, and 4.2% African American (the rest was distributed among others). 22.9% said they were of German descent; 10.2% were primarily of Irish and 9.1% English descent.

town twinning
Bloomington has been twinned with Posoltega in Nicaragua since 1988 and with Santa Clara in Cuba since 1999.



Born in Bloomington:
Dee Bradley Baker (born 1962), voice actor
Arija Bareikis (born 1966), actress
Joshua Bell (born 1967), violinist
Meg Cabot (born 1967), author and illustrator
Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981), composer, pianist, actor and singer
Jack Cathcart (1912–1989), trumpeter, pianist and arranger
Sara Caswell (born 1978), violinist
Terri Conn (born 1975), actress
Joe Dowell (1940–2016), pop and folk singer-songwriter
Mick Foley (born 1965), wrestler and book author
Karen Joy Fowler (born 1950), writer
Marc Gilbertson (born 1969), cross-country skier
Rex Grossman (born 1980), American football player
Bobby Helms (1933–1997), country singer
Joe L. Hensley (1926–2007), science fiction author and legal scholar
Jennifer Hooker (born 1961), swimmer
Amelia Laskey (1885–1973), ornithologist and author
David Lee Roth (born 1954), lead singer of the hard rock formation Van Halen
Ronnie Schneider (born 1994), tennis player
Mark Stryker (* ≈1963), jazz author and journalist
Mary Hamilton Swindler (1884–1967), archaeologist and art historian
Jeri Taylor (born 1938), screenwriter and television producer
George G Wright (1820–1896), politician

Deceased in Bloomington:
Peter Boerner (1926–2015), German-American literary scholar and Goethe researcher, on June 12, 2015
Linda Dégh (1920–2014), Hungarian folklorist, on August 19, 2014
Bernhard Heiden (1910–2000), German-American composer and music professor, on April 30, 2000
Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894–1956), American sexologist, on August 25, 1956
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1936–1977), American saxophonist, on December 5, 1977
Frithjof Schuon (1907–1998), Swiss-German religious philosopher, on May 5, 1998
György Sebők (1922–1999), Hungarian pianist, on November 14, 1999
Oskar Seidlin (1911–1984), German-American scholar and author, on December 11, 1984
János Starker (1924–2013), American cellist of Hungarian descent, on April 28, 2013
Esther Thelen (1941–2004), developmental psychologist and university lecturer
Camilla Williams (1919–2012), African-American soprano, on January 29, 2012