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April 17 to May 7, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


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Wednesday, April 19

Mark your calendar now for the second annual IU Day: a 24-hour, binge-watching, social-sharing, gift-giving, IU-wearing, online celebration of Indiana University. Wherever you’ll be on April 19, plan to join the fun and be part of the next IU extravaganza. And on April 19, help the Mathers Museum meet a $5,000 challenge goal by donating to the museum at

Film Screening: Peasant Family Happiness
Wednesday, April 19; 5 p.m.

Directed by Jenny Chio (2013), this film depicts the everyday experiences of "doing tourism" in two rural, ethnic tourism destinations in contemporary China: Ping'an and Upper Jidao villages. By focusing on the perspectives of village residents, the film portrays how they negotiate between the day-to-day consequences of tourist arrivals in their home villages, ideal projections of who they are, and what they can achieve through tourism development. The event will be free and open to the public.

"China Remixed" Story Slam
Tuesday, April 25; 7 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.; event starts at 7:30 p.m.)

Reflecting the IUB Arts and Humanities Council's commitment to public storytelling as both an art and an essential form of community engagement, the council will partner with IU’s Society for Inter-Cultural Understanding to host a student storytelling exchange that features the lives and experiences of Chinese students, Chinese American students, and American students studying in China. The goal of this program is to create better understandings and a greater sense of shared community between our international and domestic students, with an eye toward future research on the nature and benefits of study abroad and international exchange.

Global Dance Workshop
Wednesday, April 26; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Here's your chance to learn tango, two-step, and other dances from around the globe. The instructor will be international dance champion Mary Hoedeman Coniaris. Teaching sessions will start at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by an opportunity to practice what you've learned. The event will be free and open to the public. (Please don't wear flip-flops or sandals.)

Family Craft Day: Papermaking
Sunday, April 30; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Get your family together for a fun-filled afternoon of papermaking! Sessions will start at 2, 2:30, and 3 p.m. to ensure time for instruction and allow for time to make paper. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet or messy. Weather permitting, we'll work on the south lawn of the museum. The event will be free and open to the public.

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Beijing's 798 Art Zone (closes May 7, re-opens August 15)

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State (closes May 7)

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings (closes May 7)

Quilts of Southwest China (closes May 7)

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture? (closes May 7; re-opens August 15)

Tools of Travel (closes May 7; re-opens August 15)

Museum Store and Visitor Information

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The Museum Store is currently featuring 20% off all merchandise, now thorugh May 7. The Museum Store offers a wide range of merchandise, including toys and games, books, masks, figurines, pottery, and jewelry from the four corners of the globe. All items featured in the Mathers Museum Store reflect the diversity of cultures found in the rest of the museum. Come find out-of-the-ordinary gifts for friends and family, or treat yourself to unique items with an international flair. All proceeds from the Mathers Museum Store support a variety of museum activities, including school tours and the care of the museum's collections.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibition Hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum exhibits and programs is free. Due to renovations, the museum will be closed Monday, May 8 through Monday, August 14.

Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.

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Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408