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.

New Exhibits at the Mathers!

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until December 18, 2016
  • 812-855-1696

MONSTERS! are extraordinary or unnatural beings that challenge the predictable fabric of everyday life. This exhibition looks at monsters from around the world, discovering who they are and what purposes they serve in various cultures, as different images of... Learn more

Mathers After Hours - Miss Navajo (2007) and New Things Club

  • November 3, 2016
  • 812.855.6873

Directed by documentarian Billy Luther (Navajo-Hopi-Laguna), Miss Navajo explores Navajo culture through the story of Crystal Frazier and the Miss Navajo pageant, which centers around tradition and the perpetuation of Navajo culture and values--a reframing of the more typical pageant focus... Learn more

The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Father Jerome Sanderson (iconographer)

  • November 17, 2016
  • 812.855.6873

Father Jerome Sanderson prayerfully makes icons, which he installs in Orthodox churches throughout the United States. In the 1980s Father Jerome apprenticed to two iconographers, who taught him the techniques used to reproduce ancient portraits of prophets and saints. He'll share his work... Learn more

Mathers After Hours--Star Weaving with Lotus

  • December 1, 2016
  • 812.855.6873

Learn to weave an 8-pointed star and join a worldwide movement. Instructors will teach the Samoan star-weaving technique and share this Australian-led initiative inspired by a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night... Learn more

Book Party

  • December 9, 2016
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We're celebrating the fall semester release of books written or edited by Mathers Museum faculty, research associates, and colleagues-- Folk Art and Aging: Life Story Objects and Their Makers , by Jon Kay; Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and... Learn more