Mathers Museum of World Cultures

An unusual three-week institute focused on arts and culture in the cities of Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, New Orleans and Port-au-Prince will be hosted this summer by the Institute for Advanced Study on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. “Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities” takes place July 6 to 26 and will bring together […]

Ethnographer Jason Baird Jackson takes us behind the scenes of IU Bloomington’s Mathers Museum and reflects on the future of museums in the 21st century.

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¬†Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures is one of three U.S. institutions selected to collaborate with Chinese museums as part of a three-year program organized by the American Folklore Society and the China Folklore Society and funded by the Asia Program of the Henry Luce Foundation. Beginning this year through 2016, the museum will […]

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A fall exhibition featuring rarely seen images shot by famed Life magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White will open Sept. 6 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on the IU Bloomington campus. The exhibition will remain on display ¬†through December. In 2014, it will travel to the Bensusan Museum of Photography, Museum Africa, in Johannesburg, South […]


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Jason Jackson, associate professor of folklore at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named the new director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. He is the Mathers’ third director. With the appointment, Jackson comes full circle, having worked at the museum during his first year of graduate school at IU, studying cultural anthropology and folklore. […]


Through its wide-ranging and extensive collections, The Mathers Museum of World Cultures offers research and training opportunities, educational services, and family-friendly exhibits and programs. Research center & institute directory