Atheneum is 4 blks. n.w. of jct. SRs 66 and 69 at North and Arthur sts. Designed by Richard Meier, this striking contemporary structure stands as a monument to the cultural, artistic and scientific explorations fostered by the two communal societies. The visitor center features a film about the history of New Harmony, as well as models of the town as it looked in 1824. A biographical exhibit about the Owenite community focuses on the 19th-century intellectuals and scientists who lived in the town.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
Visitor center free. Atheneum tour (includes orientation film and Atheneum exhibit) $18; $15 (ages 60+ and military with ID); $5 (ages 0-7); $30 (family).
Hours: Visitor center daily 9:30-5, mid-Mar. to Dec. 30. Guided walking tours are Sat.-Sun. at 10. Bus tours and self-guiding cellphone tours also are available. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31.