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Sheldon Swope Art Museum - 25 S. Seventh Street. (812) 238-1676. E-mail: swope@thnet.com. www.swope.org. This 1901 Renaissance-revival building with Art Deco interior, features 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Highlights include works by Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Burchfield. The museum also offers a schedule of special exhibitions including the annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, lectures, gallery talks, tours, trips, art classes and school programs. The newly renovated galleries open in fall 1999. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Group tours by appointment. Free admission.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Art Gallery - Room 132, Hulman Hall. (812) 535-5137 and (812) 535-5187. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Student art combines with works of worldwide artists in the St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Art Gallery. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The Seamon Salon - Hadley Hall, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. (812) 877-8452. Begin viewing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's extensive art collections at the Seamon Salon, featuring a watercolor collection by Vigo County's own D. Omer "Sally" Seamon. Other collections on campus include a permanent exhibit of Hadley Pottery and a display of 18th-century British watercolors. All exhibits are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Group tours are available.

University Art Gallery - Seventh and Chestnut Streets, Indiana State University. (812) 237-3720. www.artcenter.indstate.edu. Located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, the University Art Gallery provides exhibitions of contemporary art and a Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture series that coincides with the exhibits. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The museum is open to the public. Admission is free.

History Museums

C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum and Education Center - 1532 S. Third Street. (812) 234-7881. E-mail: candles@abcs.com. www.candles-museum.com. This unique museum was founded by Eva Kor, a survivor of the twin experiments performed by Joseph Mengele at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. It is supported by donations from her and the public. The museum is dedicated to informing people about the Holocaust, especially from the children's point of view. It is associated with the group C.A.N.D.L.E.S., Children of the Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. Eva gives some tours at the museum and she speaks of the lessons she has learned, including "Never, ever give up; work to remove prejudice; and forgive your worst enemy–it will heal your soul and set you free." Open noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, or by appointment. Free admission on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; $2 per person for groups booked on other days.

E. Bleemel Flour and Feed - 904-906 Poplar Street. (812) 232-2466. Take a walk through the past in the earliest existing brewery in this part of the country. This restored structure, housing the Civil War museum and brewery, was built in the 1830s and expanded in 1858. Open 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily except Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free, with group tours available for a nominal charge.

Fire and Police Museum - Eighth and Idaho Streets. (812) 235-9865. See the first motorized fire truck used in Indiana and other exhibits, displays and collections of fire-fighting equipment, including a fire pole and an operational fire alarm system. Police memorabilia, including record books of daily entries from 1910 to the 1940s, also are located at the museum. Open 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 1 to September 15, and by appointment. Free admission.

Vigo County Historical Museum - 1411 S. Sixth Street. (812) 235-9717. E-mail: vchs@iquest.net. Web site: web.indstate.edu/community/vchs. Built as a home in 1868, the museum is located in the heart of the Farrington's Grove Historic District. It houses exhibits on three floors and offers special displays such as a turn-of-the-century pharmacy, Coca-Cola history and memorabilia, a military room, and rooms furnished in the Victorian period. Open 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, Closed January. Free Admission

Native American Museum - Dobbs Park, 5170 E. Poplar Drive. (812) 877-6007. Explore the culture of people who originally inhabited the Wabash Valley. Experience Native American culture through exhibits, educational materials and programs. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Science Museums

Children's Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute - 523 Wabash Avenue. (812) 235-5548. The Children's Science and Technology Museum is always offering new and exciting things for its patrons. Permanent hands-on exhibits and traveling displays make each visit a new experience. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: $2.50 adults; $2 senior citizens and children ages 3 to 12; children ages 2 and under are admitted free. The $25 annual membership includes free admission.

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