Joseph Moore Museum
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.
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.
Note that the museum is currently closed and our special programs are also suspended. We encourage social distancing to discourage the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to seeing you back at the museum soon.
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.
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.
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.
The planetarium provides the campus and community with a place to explore the universe. With its state of the art digital projector, visitors can learn about the constellations and the mythology behind them, they can zoom in for a close-up look at the planets and their moons as well as other galaxies and nebulae. Visitors can also view fun and educational full-dome movies. See the events page for more information on our upcoming movies!
The planetarium opened in 1978, thanks to a donation from local businessman and Earlham College board member Ralph Teetor. Mr. Teetor was President of Perfect Circle Corporation in Hagerstown, Indiana. Though Perfect Circle’s piston rings were world famous in the automotive community, Ralph would come to be most commonly known as the inventor of cruise control.
At the dedication of the planetarium on February 10, 1978, Earlham President Landrum Bolling said, “Ralph Teetor has always had the sense of aspiring to the stars, so the planetarium is an appropriate symbol of the spirit of the man who made it possible.”
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 perennial favorite specimens are here including the Randolph Mastodon, a giant sloth, smilodon and the giant beaver.
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.
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.
Exhibits include Indiana Marshes, Insects, Native Peoples, Mammals and Moore…