The Mathers Museum of World Cultures offers research and training opportunities for IU students, educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers, and family-friendly exhibits and programs. Through its Traditional Arts Indiana program, a special partnership of Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana Arts Commission, the Museum is also dedicated to expanding public awareness of Indiana's traditional practices and nurturing a sense of pride among Indiana's traditional artists.

During Summer 2017 the Mathers Museum of World Cultures will temporarily close its exhibition hall for renovations. The museum's exhibitions will be closed Monday, May 8 through Monday, August 21. Although the museum's re-opening date had been previously announced as August 15, concerns about ensuring the building is compliant with accessibility guidelines have led to the university's decision to delay the re-opening until Tuesday, August 22.

The renovations will include the installation of new state-of-the-art gallery lighting systems, as well as improved accessibility features. Enhancements and modernizations to the facility have been ongoing since 2014, while the museum remained open to the public. However, the scheduled summer work requires closing public spaces. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Events Calendar

Mathers Museum re-opens
Tuesday, August 22; 9 a.m.

"Show and Tell--Making Craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School" Curator's Talk and Reception
Friday, August 25; Reception from 4 to 6 p.m., Gallery talk at 5 p.m.

First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, September 7; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Painting Politics: A Panel Discussion on Macedonia's "Colorful Revolution"
Friday, September 8; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community" Curator's Talk and Reception
Friday, September 15; 4:30 to 6 p.m.


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