New Harmony is home to three, and counting, attempts to create a Utopian community. Through those efforts, this idyllic, walkable village on the banks of the Wabash River has played a significant role in history, even contributing to the advancement of humankind.
As the name suggests, the idea of “harmony” is central to the town’s identity. It has grown, layer upon layer, for over two centuries, to become a harmonious mixture of history, the arts, the sciences, nature, and spirituality – a place where visitors can view the world through a different lens, and perhaps find a new kind of harmony in their own lives.
If you think of New Harmony as a museum, perhaps it most resembles the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Its contents are not confined to just one building, nor is it intellectually enclosed in just one area of interest. It is full of open spaces, and its attractions are varied. In some parts, you’ll find world-renowned art and architecture. In other parts, you can delve history and the natural sciences. The grounds themselves are beautiful, almost a botanic garden in their own right, and there are plenty of interesting stores, restaurants, spiritual centers, and places to stay nearby.