Trip Idea

Arts in Bloomington and Nashville

South Central Indiana, a destination for art and music lovers alike.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Romantic Retreats, Art & Culture

Region: South Central

Destinations Included: IU Art Museum, Restaurant Tallent, Scholars Inn Bed & Breakfast, Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Amy Greely Studio, Homestead Weaving Studio, Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame

Duration: 2 days

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Allow 2 days.

Quaint? Yes. Contemporary? Yes. Toe-tapping? That, too. An eclectic art and music experience awaits you in South Central Indiana.

Monet and more at IU Art Museum
In Bloomington, broaden your artistic horizons at the IU Art Museum , designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and home to some 30,000 objects of art. Located on the Indiana University campus, step inside and marvel at the soaring triangular atrium and the masterpieces by great artists like Monet and Picasso. Discover other cultures through their ancient gold jewelry or African mask collections. As one of the nation’s foremost university art museums, it showcases items from nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

For an artsy meal, visit Restaurant Tallent . Owners David and Kristen Tallent studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked in many New York and Atlanta fine restaurants. Now part of the “Slow Food Movement,” they are back in their hometown, treating patrons to savory menus created with local, seasonal, organic ingredients. After a wonderful meal, rest in the comfort of a restored 115-year-old mansion, the Scholars Inn Bed & Breakfast . A favorite of IU visitors, it features six rooms with private baths and a full gourmet breakfast.

Browse and buy in Brown County
In the early 1900s artists from around the world were lured to the beauty and serenity of Brown County , establishing Nashville. Today, you can visit the studios and galleries of more than 250 local artists, including potters, weavers, sculptors, jewelers, fiber and textile artists, painters, photographers, glassmakers and wood carvers. In the heart of Nashville, visit Indiana Artisan Amy Greely as she designs and creates her jewlry pieces from metal in her cozy shop's loft. Try your hand at the loom in Indiana Artisan Chris Gustin’s Homestead Weaving Studio . All of her rugs and wearable items are made from fabric-industry scraps and even plastic bags, making her art beautiful, functional and eco-friendly. Look for the Indiana Artisan logo wherever you shop for local art, food and wine – it signifies craftspeople whose work has been juried into an elite collection.

Just five miles north of Nashville is Bean Blossom, home of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame . The museum features Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, and other artists contributing to the musical genre. In celebration of such greatness, the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is held annually in June.

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IU Art Museum


Restaurant Tallent


Scholars Inn Bed & Breakfast


Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Amy Greely Studio


Homestead Weaving Studio


Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame


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