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Mathers Museum of World Cultures

  • 416 N. Indiana Avenue
    Bloomington IN 47408
  • Phone: 812-855-6873
  • Fax: 812-855-0205
  • Category: Arts & Entertainment
  • Sub-Category: Museums
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The family-friendly Mathers Museum of World Cultures features a variety of exhibits and events that give you the chance to learn more about our world by exploring objects from near and far. The museum also provides research and training opportunities for IU students, and educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers. Admission is free.

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Açaí From Local to Global

  • January 13, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Açaí From Local to Global" examines the transition of the açaí berry from a local Brazilian commodity to a global superfood. The exhibition is curated by Eduardo... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--After A Miracle: Coptic Ex Votos from the Birnbaum Collection

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"After A Miracle: Coptic Ex Votos from the Birnbaum Collection" features a selection of votive offerings from Egypt. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Food is Work: Tools and Traditions

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Food is Work: Tools and Traditions" explores the tools and traditions used in the production of food. The exhibition is also sponsored by Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos From Italy" explores votive objects offered to a saint or divinity, in gratitude for a favor, blessing, or healing. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Instruments of Culture

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Instruments of Culture" provides an overview of how musical instruments around the globe are classified and studied, and why. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana

  • January 13, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana shows tradition and innovation in wall paintings by women in Ghana's Upper East Region, as documented by photographer and curator Brittany Sheldon. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia" presents puppets, one of the oldest types of Indonesian performing arts which still persists today in many forms, as a way to better understand the dyna... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?

  • January 13, 2015 - May 22, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?" examines the nature of culture through the exploration of cultural traditions surrounding life stages and universal needs. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Ralli Quilting from Pakistan"

  • January 27, 2015 - May 15, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Ralli Quilting from Pakistan" presents quilting found in southern Pakistan and parts of India, and includes appliqued, embroidered and patchwork styles of bed coverings, food coverings, and... more

Instruments of Culture--Instruments of Prayer: Musical Instruments in the Expressive Culture of the


Please join us for the annual Instruments of Culture lecture at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This year's guest lecturer, Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural H... more

Meet the Collections--Quilts


Mathers Museum Research Associate Janice Frisch will present, discuss, and explore some of the quilts she's researched in the MMWC Collection. The event is free and open to the public. more

Confluences: Museums, Ethnography, and Art in the Work of Bill Siegmann


This international symposium will explore the work of Bill Siegmann (1943-2011), a leading scholar on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, who wrote extensively on those regions and on issues in muse... more

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