Mathers Museum of World Cultures

  • 416 N. Indiana Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • 812-855-6873

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.

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until March 10, 2017
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200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

"Instruments of Culture: The Historical, Social, and Performative Lives of Musical Instruments in China"

  • February 24, 2017
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Sue Tuohy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She has conducted research on and in China for over three decades, including on music and society in Northwest China, cultural... Learn more

Bridges: Children, Languages, World

  • Recurring weekly on Saturday until April 15, 2017
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This award-winning language program for children provides free instruction in beginnng and intermediate Chinese for Pre-K through 8th grade students. The program is supported by IU's School of Global and International Studies, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the Center for the Study... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until March 12, 2017
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200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until May 7, 2017
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200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Family Craft Day: Mardi Gras

  • February 26, 2017
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Join us as we get ready for Mardi Gras with hands-on crafts and fun! Learn more

Interpreting the Queer Past

  • March 3, 2017
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In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government's nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until April 5, 2017
  • 812-855-6873

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until April 2, 2017
  • 812-855-6873

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Chinese Zodiac

  • March 24, 2017
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2017 is the Year of the Rooster, but why is that? Why isn’t there a Year of the Cat? Explore the Chinese Zodiac and learn more about the traditions surrounding the animals of the zodiac and their symbolic meanings during this free family event. The IUB Chinese Calligraphy Club will present a... Learn more

Mystery at the Museum

  • March 26, 2017
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Oh jinkies, something's gone missing and we need your help! Come join the gang for a mysteriously good time for the whole family at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Zoiks! This event will be free and open to the public, but will require registration by emailing museumed@indiana.edu or... Learn more

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception

  • March 28, 2017
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To kick off the month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian Cultural Center and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures are co-sponsoring a reception featuring a special one-time showcase of works--paintings. books, and digital arts, among others--by Asian... Learn more

Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico with Sones de México Ensemble

  • April 5, 2017
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Sones de México Ensemble was formed as a quartet in 1994 and through the years grew to a sextet of multi-instrumentalists. Today, the original founding members, Juan Díes and Gonzalo Cordova, are joined by Lorena Iñiguez, Zacbé Pichardo, Eric Hines, and Rudy Piñón to form the country's premier... Learn more

Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico with Sones de México Ensemble

  • April 5, 2017
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Sones de México Ensemble was formed as a quartet in 1994 and through the years grew to a sextet of multi-instrumentalists. Today, the original founding members, Juan Díes and Gonzalo Cordova, are joined by Lorena Iñiguez, Zacbé Pichardo, Eric Hines, and Rudy Piñón to form the country’s premier... Learn more

798: The Stage for China's Dreams

  • April 6, 2017
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Wenhong Luo, Assistant Curator of Yunnan Nationalities Museum and co-curator of Beijing's 798 Art Zone , will talk about the cultural space during an informal brownbag discussion at teh Mathers Museum. In a group of 60 year-old decommissioned electronic components factories in Dashanzi,... Learn more

Exhibition Opening: Beijing's 798 Art Zone

  • April 6, 2017
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After the turn of the 21st century, artists and cultural entrepreneurs began colonizing a former military factory complex in northeast Beijing. Taking its name from that numbered factory, the 798 Art Zone is an urban arts colony that now attracts visitors from around China and the world. Offering... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until May 5, 2017
  • 812-855-6873

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until May 7, 2017
  • 812-855-6873

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May... Learn more

Film Screening: Peasant Family Happiness

  • April 19, 2017
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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... Learn more

Global Dance Workshop

  • April 26, 2017
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Here's your chance to learn tango, two-step, and other dances from around the globe. Teaching sessions will start at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by an opportunity to practice practice what you've learned. The event will be free and open to the public, but please don't wear flip-flops or... Learn more

Family Craft Day: Papermaking

  • April 30, 2017
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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... Learn more