Digital Exhibit

The MMWC online exhibition site has launched with a digital version of Ojibwe Public Life, Ostrom Private Lives, an exhibition that features works by late 20th-century Ojibwe artists of Manitoulin Island, Canada, collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.

As with the gallery exhibition that preceded it, a team of IU graduate students curated the digital exhibit with partial project support from the IU College of Arts and Sciences Ostrom Grants Program and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. The MMWC's digital exhibitions site is available at



Current Exhibits

During normal hours of operation, the Mathers Museum exhibition hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The Mathers Museum of World Cultures currently features several exhibitions:

Açaí From Local to Global examines the transition of the açaí berry from a local Brazilian commodity to a global superfood.

After A Miracle: Coptic Ex-Votos from the Birnbaum Collection features a selection of votive offerings from Egypt.

Food is Work: Tools and Traditions explores the tools and traditions used in the production of food.

Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy explores votive objects offered to a saint or divinity, in gratitude for a favor, blessing, or healing.

Instruments of Culture provides an overview of how musical instruments around the globe are classified and studied, and why.

Photography from the Forest: Images by William Siegmann features photographs taken by an IU alumunus and leading scholar on the arts of Liberia. The range of subjects and perspectives photographed by Siegmann reveal the depth of his engagement with the country and its people, including abiding interests in both daily life and ceremonial occasions, and their side-by-side existence. Opens Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Ralli Quilting from Pakistan is a small exhibit featuring quilted works found in southern Pakistan and parts of India, and includes appliqued, embroidered and patchwork styles of bed coverings, food coverings, and bags.

State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana shows tradition and innovation in wall paintings by women in Ghana's Upper East Region, as documented by photographer and curator Brittany Sheldon.

Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia presents puppets, one of the oldest types of Indonesian performing arts which still persists today in many forms, as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia--focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures.

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture? explores the nature of culture.