Everything about the Indiana University Art Museum in artistic, even the building itself. The structure was built in 1982 by I.M. Pei and Partners, and there isn’t a single right angle in the place. The museum is made up of two triangular buildings linked by an open atrium. Several internationally famous art works are displayed at this Indiana museum, including paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
The campus of Indiana University is home to several impressive architectural works, but the Indiana University Art Museum can be spotted from a mile away. Perhaps because its font lawn displays a large crimson sculpture by Charles Perry. It’s called the Indiana Arc, and this aluminum sculpture welcomes visitors at the museum entrance.
More than 30,000 objects make up the Indiana University Art Museum’s collection, including paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, textiles, jewelry and more. The museum is divided into four galleries. The first floor houses works from Byzantine to modern times and western world art. The next floor up displays Asian and ancient art, and the third floor features artwork from the Pacific, Africa and pre-Columbian America. Sometimes the museum features special exhibits from local Indiana artists, and tons of important Indiana events are held throughout the year.
The Indiana University Art Museum also houses conservation and photography laboratories, a gift shop and a fine arts library. Indiana college students frequent the art museum, especially the coffee shop on the second floor. The art museum serves as a great escape from classes and other campus stress.
Indiana University is a great destination for a day trip from Indianapolis. Bloomington, Indiana is only and hour’s drive from the Circle City, and several Indiana attractions can be discovered along the way. For example, Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville and Oliver Winery in Bloomington are both located on the way to the Indiana University Art Museum. The Academy of Hoosier Heritage in Mooresville, the Grave in the Middle of the Road in Amity and the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area in Edinburgh are all neat sites to see on the route down south to Bloomington.
A visit to the Indiana University Art Museum has endless educational adventures. Just up the street from this nationally known art museum is the award winning Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This unique museum allows students and visitors to explore the entire world all in one place. More than 20,000 objects and 10,000 photographs from all over the globe make up this collection. Also nearby campus is the Wylie House Museum, the historic home of Indiana University’s first president Andrew Wylie. Curious Hoosiers wonder why the Wylie House Museum is located off campus, and it’s because the university was once located a few blocks from where it stands today.
Admission to the Indiana University Art Museum is free, but donations are encouraged. Also keep in mind that parking on campus is a difficult task, but pay lots are located just up the street. Guided docent tours of this museum are available upon request, so be sure to pan ahead for your next day trip from Indianapolis.
Indiana University Art Museum
1133 East 7th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405