Research at the Mathers
As an Indiana University research center, scholarly research is central to everything that the Mathers Museum of World Cultures does. The museum’s collections are an invaluable resource for research on diverse societies. In the museum’s galleries, visitors encounter exhibitions that bring the research work of faculty, scholarly collaborators, and students to life in an accessible and engaging way. The museum is also a venue where research on informal education and life-long learning takes place.
In these and other ways, research on the human condition is the glue that holds the museum’s diverse activities together. MMWC research happens in the museum’s collections laboratories, in its galleries, in communities across Indiana, and in distant cities and villages around the world.
Some of the museum’s research projects are described below.