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Celebrating the Museum

Celebrating the Museum is a new initiative that recognizes the contributions of museums to the intellectual and cultural life of Indiana University and the Bloomington community. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the year-long focus on arts and cultures is intended to encourage campus and community residents to visit local museums (like the IU Art Museum pictured above) and galleries, and to take advantage of the educational exhibits and resources they showcase.

The I.M. Pei designed atrium of the IU Art Museum is a jewel in IU's crown. The museum was established in 1941 and houses more than 40,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

The SoFA Gallery at Indiana University is the region's premier contemporary art space, featuring experimental works by significant regional and nationally known artists as well as by faculty and students within the School of Fine Arts.

IU students Seth Reidenbach and Jamie Ness view selections from the art collection at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

Lilly Library patrons examine rare books and manuscripts.

Among the printed treasures in the Lilly Library is this original leaf from the Gutenberg New Testament owned by the library.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures houses more than 20,000 objects and 10,000 photographs representing cultures from all over the world.

Mathers Museum patrons take a tour of the facility and its collections.

The Wylie House Museum is a house that was constructed in 1835 and served as the home of Indiana University's first president Andrew Wylie.

Today, the Wylie House Museum features a collection of early to mid-19th century American furnishings and Wylie family artifacts.