The town was founded by the Harmony Society in 1814. The Harmonists were religious Separatists from Germany who pursued Christian perfection through every aspect of their daily conduct. They sold New Harmony to Robert Owen in 1825, and he, along with his business partner William Maclure, hoped to establish a model community where education and social equality would flourish.
410 N. Arthur St.
New Harmony, IN 47631
800.231.2168 (toll free)
The Atheneum/Visitors Center is open year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• No daily tour will be offered until March 24 (Jan. 2 through March 23, 2018)
• March 24, 2018: Daily 1 p.m. tour resumes
• Nov. 1 through Dec 30, 2018: Tour is at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only
• Tours begin at the Atheneum/Visitors Center, located at the corner of North and Arthur Streets
• Please note: New Harmony observes Central Daylight Saving Time
• Special tours with special pricing can be arranged at any time
New Harmony is closed on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Easter (April 1), Thanksgiving (Nov. 22), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), and the day after Christmas (Dec. 26).
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members receive FREE admission.
ADULT - $15
SENIOR* - $12
CHILD* - $5
CHILDREN UNDER 7 - FREE
FAMILY TICKET - $30
(members of the same household)
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17
Free street parking is available throughout the historic downtown area. There is also a free parking lot at the Atheneum/Visitors Center.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This policy complies with the University of Southern Indiana's Child Protection Policy.
Interested in scheduling a group/school tour? Contact Claire Eagle, New Harmony Experience Coordinator, at 812.682.4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please view our calendar for upcoming events.
Consider hosting your special event at New Harmony. Please fill out our inquiry form to receive information.
New Harmony is the site of two early American utopian communities. The Harmony Society, a group of German dissenters led by George Rapp, arrived in the United States in 1804 and settled in Pennsylvania. Ten years later, the Harmonists purchased 20,000 acres on the Wabash River and moved to Indiana in 1814.
The Harmonists believed that Christ's second coming was imminent. They pursued Christian perfection through every aspect of their daily conduct and created a highly ordered and productive community.
Between 1814 and 1824, the Harmonists constructed more than 180 log, frame and brick structures. The community was entirely self-sufficient and produced a wide variety of goods that were traded as far away as New Orleans, Pittsburgh and even overseas.
In 1824, George Rapp decided to sell New Harmony. He found a buyer in Robert Owen, a wealthy industrialist from Scotland. In 1825, Owen purchased New Harmony outright, hoping to establish a model community where education and social equality would flourish. Owen’s business partner William Maclure, a well-respected geologist, attracted many important scholars to New Harmony, including naturalists, geologists, educators and early feminists.
Owen's "Community of Equality" dissolved by 1827. Nevertheless, his Utopian dream brought significant contributions to American scientific and educational theory, study, and practice. Early feminist activity increased national awareness of the women's suffrage issue.
Today New Harmony is a vibrant community where festivals, concerts and plays are held throughout the year. The town is also a popular location for weddings, conferences and retreats.
Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.