Frequently Asked Questions
The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a new museum with a new mission but it is built upon the legacy of the rich collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.
The Museum will be housed in the former Glenn Black Lab and Mathers Museum facilities at 416 N. Indiana Avenue in Bloomington, but the facilities are being substantially renovated. Some aspects of the renovation include:
- converting two dated and now inefficient separate spaces into one with extensive replacement and modernization of mechanical and other infrastructure. For example, new HVAC systems, electrical upgrades, and other such improvements will make our facility better for visitors, students, researchers, and employees.
- increasing the visibility of, and access to, collections through innovative exhibits and extensive use of technology, including 3-D digital scanning and exhibition tools developed at IU
- providing improved spaces for research, teaching, and public education programs based on the collections
The renovation is being funded through an $11 million capital appropriation made to IU in the last state budget and other state funds. We are extremely grateful to the Legislature and Governor Eric Holcomb for their support of this project vital to the state's history. The university is also in the process of raising additional funds from philanthropic sources.
The Museum will open in Spring 2023.
The spirit, collections, and activities of the Mathers, including cultural exhibitions, will live on as featured aspects in the new Museum. We look forward to expanding on its education programs and exceptional outreach activities, and developing loan and exhibit exchange programs with important museums elsewhere in the country and world.
One key focus of the new Museum will be Native American people of the American Midwest and beyond, utilizing the collection of artifacts cared for by the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, including artifacts from Angel Mounds near Evansville, Ind. In addition, the new Museum will invigorate research in archaeology for collections and field work in the Glenn A. Black Research Laboratory.
The museum will be directed by Ed Herrmann who has extensive experience researching archaeological stratigraphy and chronologies, stone tools, and Native American mound construction methods. One of IU’s own, Ed holds MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University and has experience in Africa, Germany, Wyoming, Montana, Ohio, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Indiana, and beyond. The new museum also will benefit from dedicated and creative professional faculty and staff who average more than 20 years of experience per person in areas such as museum administration, outreach and education, curation, exhibit planning and design, material culture analysis, and anthropological research.