Saint Meinrad Archabbey History Museum presents inaugural exhibit

Monday, June 3, 2024

Sketch of the layout of buildings at Saint Meinrad before the Great Fire of 1887.

The new Saint Meinrad Archabbey History Museum, St. Meinrad, IN, will host its first exhibit titled “The Evolution of Tradition: A Brief History of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.” The exhibit will run from July 1, 2024, to November 29, 2024.

The exhibit tells the story of how Benedictine monks from Switzerland made their home in southern Indiana in the 1850s and learned quickly to adapt to a vastly different and fast-changing American landscape. The pioneer monks’ zeal to make Saint Meinrad a success determined that change and adaptability would continue to be hallmarks of the monastic community, an enterprise that continues into the present. The History Museum also features a permanent exhibit of decorative plates from the Abbey Press.

The Saint Meinrad Archabbey History Museum showcases Saint Meinrad Archabbey, its Seminary and School of Theology, the Abbey Press, the Oblate Community, and the monastic community’s influence in the history of the Church, Indiana, the United States, and around the globe.

Original Abbey Church built in 1858

It is open starting July 1, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (Central time), or by appointment. It is located on the lower level of the Archabbey Library in room L126, across from the Institute for Sacred Music.

For more information, contact the Archabbey Archives at or call (812) 357-6756.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Those wishing to view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.