A New IU Museum for the 21st Century

A new 21st Century museum at Indiana University opens in 2023. The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will present IU’s world-class collections from around the globe in newly-designed exhibit galleries and learning labs.

The IUMAA story so far

Here's a quick look at where we are now as we plan for the new museum and its opening in 2023. More renovation photos are here.
September 2019: President McRobbie announces the creation of a new museum merging the Glenn Black Lab and Mathers Museum.
Fall 2019: Work begins on planning the new museum. Edward Herrmann is named Executive Director.
Spring 2020: Architects, design team, IU administrators, and IUMAA staff begin planning for renovations.
Summer 2020: The pandemic hits as museum staff prepare to pack and move over 5 million objects so that facility renovations can begin.
Fall 2020: The Museum's collections are moved out and renovation begins.
Spring 2021: As IUMAA staff research, develop programs, and prepare exhibitions, renovations continue.
Summer 2021: IUMAA staff begin planning for moving over 5 million artifacts back to the newly-renovated facility in Fall 2021.
June 30, 2021: Former IU President Michael McRobbie dedicates the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. See the video of the dedication here.

Help Build and Shape IUMAA

Help build and shape IU's newest museum for the 21st century. IUMAA will bring together over 5½ million objects from the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to tell the story of humanity, from the rich heritage of Indiana’s First Peoples to the lives of contemporary Hoosiers, and how those stories are connected to peoples around the world. Your tax-deductible gift will support these initiatives and more. They’ll help fund a new museum at IU and the state’s only museum of its kind.

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IUMAA awarded IMLS grant for preservation, research, and access. Learn more about the grant here.
We're looking forward to presenting programs this fall! Here are free IUMAA programs that have been scheduled.
Apply for paid Clowes Internships at IUMAA! Spring Semester 2022 application is available here.