Welcome to the Joseph Moore Museum!

The Joseph Moore Museum offers opportunities for all ages to engage with science and explore the natural world. Our museum guides are happy to provide tours, or you can explore on your own.

The museum is run primarily by Earlham College students who, guided by faculty and staff, conduct research, design and lead programs and exhibitions, care for our live animals, and market our programs. The museum also serves as a “learning lab” for students in the college’s museum studies program.

From a quirky collection in the 1870s to a thriving educational museum today, the rich history of the Joseph Moore Museum involves fires, rescuing giant beavers, a mad elephant and much Moore. Visit and explore with us today!

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and under the guidance of Earlham College, the Joseph
Moore Museum will be closed for in-person visits through Sunday, January 23rd. Regular
hours will resume on Monday, January 24th, 12-4pm.
Check our social media for great virtual events!

Masks and social distancing will be required. We look forward to seeing you back at the museum!

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Our live reptiles are perennial favorites. Meet Judi the green iguana, 2% the milk snake, and their many friends. Our hosts will be happy to take out a snake or lizard for you to meet up close.

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Richmond is home to the only two Egyptian mummies in Indiana. Ta’an was purchased for the Earlham College collection in 1889 by President Mills. A recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is helping us develop an improved preservation plan for her. Studies including X-Rays and a CT scan have provided hints about her life.

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Ralph Teetor Planetarium

The Ralph Teetor Planetarium at the Joseph Moore Museum is open for public shows each day the museum is open. Groups and tours can request private planetarium showings in advance. All Planetarium shows are free.

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Indiana Raptors

Indiana is home to many raptors–you probably see them all the time in your yard or in nearby parks. Learn about these masterful hunters and the adaptations that make them so well suited to forests, grasslands and waterways.

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Pleistocene Giants

The newly updated Pleistocene Giants exhibit explores what our region looked like from about 2.5 million years ago until 11,000 years ago. Many of our favorite specimens are here, including the Randolph Mastodon, a giant sloth, smilodon and the giant beaver.

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Our donors

Our generous donors and partners make our outreach, collections, and training work possible.

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Borman Family Foundation

Visiting the JMM

Regular admission to the JMM is free. Planetarium shows are given upon request; just ask the museum host. For more information about visiting the JMM, please visit our Planning your visit page.

Museum hours
MondayNoon – 4 p.m.
WednesdayNoon – 4 p.m.
FridayNoon – 4 p.m.
SaturdayNoon – 4 p.m.
SundayNoon – 4 p.m.

Museum membership

Your membership gift helps us keep the JMM a free community museum. Learn more about what it means to be a JMM member.

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