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.
Visit New Harmony State Historic Site to tour the many historic buildings, and even get a look at the innovative approach behind the original insulation and construction built by the Harmonists.
401 Arthur St.
New Harmony, IN 47631
All guided tours start at the Atheneum/Visitor Center at the above address, and tickets for the tour are purchased there. It’s a distinctive building, white with modern architecture and many windows.
Local Phone: 812.682.4474
Toll Free Phone: 800.231.2168
The Atheneum/Visitors Center is closed and all guided tours are not available at this time and will tentatively reopen on August 14, 2020.
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.
Special discounts are available for educators and education groups, military, Access Pass holders and more. View all discounts >>
Interested in scheduling a group/school tour? Contact Claire Eagle, New Harmony Experience Coordinator, at 812.682.4474 or 800.231.2168 or email@example.com.
Academic topics covered include history, art and science.
Learn more about field trip and school program offerings in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites PreK-12 Education Program Guide. View guide >>
View the Visit New Harmony calendar for a list of upcoming events throughout the community.
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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.
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