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About the Museum

In his September 2019 State of Indiana University at the Bicentennial speech, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced the creation of the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as part of the university’s ongoing effort to care for its many precious collections and preserve the knowledge they hold.

This new museum marries the rich collections of the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to create a world-class museum whose collections and research resources, dynamic exhibits, engaging programming, and outreach efforts will serve IU’s education and research missions and make it a leading destination for scholars, students, and the public.

Project History 

The IUMAA's Digital Exhibition site continues the work begun by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Work on the Mathers Museum of World Cultures Digital Exhibition site began in January 2014 as an outgrowth of an exhibition project called Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives. During spring 2013, students in the MMWC-based course Curatorship began work with collections donated by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. With financial support from the College of Arts and Sciences's Ostrom Grant Program, an gallery exhibition (focused on Ojibwe materials in the Ostrom Collection) was developed during fall 2013 and openned in January 2014. Project work then shifted to the development of a digital version of the exhibition. That project provided the basis for the establishment of MMWC Digital Exhibitions site. Participants in this project are identified in association with the Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives exhibition found elsewhere on this site.

Technical Details

The Indiana University Libraries provides hosting and technical support for theIUMAA Digital Exhibition site. The project relies upon Omeka, a free, open source software platform for sharing collections and building digital exhibitions.