Education Programs

Indiana University Art Museum


close-up of an artworkThe Indiana University Art Museum welcomes people of all ages to visit its exhibitions, plan docent-led tours, use teaching resources, and participate in a wide range of educational programming. For a listing of current special exhibitions, programs, and events, visit the What's New section of our website.

For more information on any of the programs mentioned, please call the museum's education office at (812) 855-1045. Please call (812) 855-5445 to get on the museum's mailing list.

Did You Know

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  • The museum has a very active tour program that served over 13,800 patrons last year, of which half were children.
  • Nearly every world area and period of history are represented in the museum's three floors of art.
  • The museum's education department can customize a program to suit your specific classroom needs; we gave over 130+ curriculum-based tours last year!
  • Educators can arrange special interactive tours of historical buildings or art on campus, including the famous Thomas Hart Benton murals.
  • The museum offers a docent-led public tour every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Slide sets are available for loan to active classroom teachers within the seven-county region of south-central Indiana by calling the education department at (812) 855-1045.
  • The museum has a web site at

General Information

close-up of an artworkThe Indiana University Art Museum is located at the heart
of the Bloomington campus on East Seventh Street,
adjacent to Showalter Fountain.

Automobile Parking
Available within easy walking distance at pay lots on Jordan Avenue (east of the museum) as well as the Indiana Memorial Union (bring your parking check to the museum to be stamped for a discount).

Bus Drivers
Should enter Seventh Street from the west and ask the attendant in the gatehouse for details regarding parking.

Museum Hours
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Schedule a Tour!

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  • For detailed information about the pre-college tour program, visit the Pre-College Tours section of our website.
  • Call the museum's tour coordinator at (812) 855-1045.
  • Call to schedule at least two weeks in advance for a docent-led tour.
  • Call ahead to inform us of any group visit to the galleries.
  • There is no charge for admission or a guided tour.

Teachers' Workshops

close-up of an artworkAll Teachers' Workshops are held on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pre-registration with confirmation is required: call (812) 855-1045.
Teachers' Workshops are free of charge.


Special Youth Programs

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Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation Exhibition
Monroe County Community School Corporation Exhibition

Children's Art Class in the Galleries

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  • Co-sponsored by IU's Art Education Department and the Indiana University Art Museum
  • 5 Saturdays in the Spring Semester
  • Time, date and Place to be announced later

Please call (812) 855-1045 for more information.

Customized Tours

close-up of an artworkThe museum’s education department can customize interactive tours around various disciplines, themes, issues, and ideas expressed in a class curriculum, such as science, math, history, geography, animals, storytelling, art fundamentals, geography or world religions, to name a few. Some of the tours and programs we provide for various schools include:

  • Treasure hunts through the collection
  • Drawing and/or writing in the galleries
  • Tours of historical buildings on campus
  • Tours of the famous Thomas Hart Benton murals
  • Tours of Indiana art on campus
  • Foreign language tours

We enjoy a challenge! There are dozens of tours and programs on file!
Over 30 departments on the IU campus have asked for curriculum-structured tours.

Adult Programs

close-up of an artwork The museum has a wide range of adult programs including:

  • Docent (Tour Guide) Training Programs (meets bi-weekly throughout the academic year)
  • Saturday Public Tours (2:00 every Saturday)
  • NoonTalks – a monthly interdisciplinary lecture series
  • Collectors Workshops (periodically)
  • With the Friends of Art – studio tours and art trips

Please call (812) 855-1045 for more information; call 855-5445 to get on the museum’s calendar and mailing list.

Permanent Collections

close-up of an artworkOur permanent collection includes works of art from all media, historical periods, art movements, and areas of the world. The museum education department can provide tours, gallery sessions, and/or programs in any of these following areas:


First Floor Gallery of Western Art
From Early Christian through Contemporary Art
Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 19th 20th and 21st centuries

Second Floor Gallery of Ancient and Asian Art
Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Indian, Islamic, Nepalese and Tibetan, Southeast Asian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

Third Floor Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Ancient Americas, Polynesian, Melanesian, Indonesian, African

Thank You!

close-up of an artworkThe Art Museum gratefully acknowledges Lucienne M. Glaubinger, Dan and Jennifer Peterson, and Timothy and Dana Davis (in memory of Jeanette Hendry, docent and friend), for their support of its education programs.


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