At direction of the governor and following recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), all 12 locations of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED beginning March 17 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to protect the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and visitors.
Visualize the Past Through the Eyes of an Artist
American impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926) and his wife Selma moved to Brown County, Indiana in 1907 and established a home, studio and gardens on 211 acres of scenic terrain. The property and its artifacts remain essentially unchanged from the way it was during their time here. The picturesque landscape of this area, and Steele’s prominence, drew in other artists, establishing an Art Colony of the Midwest.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site keeps tradition alive year-round, through guided tours, art-related events and workshops led by contemporary artists.
Artist in Residence
Arts and the Parks
Brown County Art Gallery
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
The United States Department of the Interior added the T.C. Steele House and Studio to the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1973 (Reference #73000029).
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes T.C. Steele State Historic Site as one of 180 “Distinctive Destinations” in America.
Historic Homes & Artists’ Studios recognizes T.C. Steele State Historic Site as one of 36 distinguished sites in the USA.
American Alliance of Museums accredited the T.C. Steele State Historic site for successfully completing the rigorous process of meeting the AAM Core Standards for Museums and Peer Review.
The Historic Iris Preservation Society recognizes the formal gardens as one of only three official “Historic Iris Preservation Society Display Gardens” in the state of Indiana.
Indiana Historical Bureau recognizes the historical provenance of the home, studio and gardens by awarding a permanent State of Indiana Historical Marker located on the site.