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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 22, 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 - July 31, 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 - July 31, 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 22, 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 - June 07, 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 - July 31, 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--Photography from the Forest: Images by William Siegmann

  • March 07, 2015 - December 20, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Photography from the Forest: Images by William Siegmann" features photographs, taken by an IU alumnus and leading scholar, of Liberia and its people. more

Meet the Collections: Indonesian Puppets


MMWC Faculty Curator Jennifer Goodlander (Assistant Professor in Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance) will present and discuss a selection of Indonesian puppets f... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Tell People the Story: The Art of Gustav Potthoff

  • May 05, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Tell People the Story: The Art of Gustav Potthoff" reveals the story of an artist who paints to remember and honor fellow World War II prisoners of war. The Traditional Arts Indiana exhibit... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--The Collector's Eye: Photographs from the Mathers Museum Archive

  • June 09, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

The Collector's Eye: Photographs from the Mathers Museum Archive features selections from the MMWC photography collections documenting the people and places of the world. more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Work Exposed: Photographs from the Early 20th Century

  • June 09, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Work Exposed: Photographs from the Early 20th Century" shows images of people at work and workplaces photographed by Joseph K. Dixon during his travels across the U.S., Europe, and China du... more

Mathers Museum Exhibit--Cherokee Craft, 1973

  • June 16, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • Address: 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • www.mathers.indiana.edu

"Cherokee Craft, 1973" presents a snapshot of craft production among the Eastern Band Cherokee at a key moment in both an ongoing Appalachian craft revival and the specific cultural and econ... more

Traditional Arts Indiana-Memory Paintings and Death Camps: Gustav Potthoff's Creative-Aging Practice


Gustav Potthoff paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass during World War II. Concerned that those 16,000 who died will be forgotte... more

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