For IU Students

Free Events and Exhibits

A number of free events and exhibits are offered throughout the year at the Mathers Museum. Learn more about the range of themes and topics featured in MMWC exhibitions and take a look at the wide variety of programs--from concerts to dance classes to films--scheduled at the museum during the year.

Collaboration and Partnerships

The Mathers Museum invites and encourages opportunities for collaboration and partnership with IU students and student organizations. The MMWC has worked with representatives from student organizations develop or host special events, conferences, and symposia aligned with the museum's mission. If you're interested in working with the museum, please contact Matt Sieber, Manager of Exhibitions, to discuss exhibition possibilities, or Sarah Hatcher, Head of Programs and Education, to explore collaborative events.

Life after Mathers

Through the years many students have worked at the Mathers Museum in order to gain valuable museum experience.  Mathers Museum Director Jason Jackson has caught up with several MMWC "alumni" to see what they are up to now.  Read interviews with former students such as Alex Betts, left, a curator at the Ohio History Connection. 

Read more "alumni" stories

Museum Studies Courses

Interested in working in museums? Indiana University offers a variety of classes that focus on museum studies and related topics.

Anthropology A403/Introduction to Museum Studies--This course presents an overview of museum history, principles, functions, and methods. It provides a context for understanding American museums and their roles in American society. Additionally, basic methods utilized in museum collections management are explored, as well as exhibition techniqes and interpretive principles.

Anthropology X476/Museum Practicum--This course provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Anthropology.

Anthropology A576 - Museum Practicum--This course provides graduate students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Anthropology.

Arts Administration Y506/Curating for Museums and Galleries--This course explores the idea and practice of curating,from displaying a single object to organizing a complex exhibition. The course provides a body of knowledge and helps students develop skills to curate and evaluate the role of curation and display of objects--all essential to museum and gallery management.

Arts Administration Y525/Museum Management--This course presents an overview of the generalmanagement of art and historical museums. The museum, its legal status, the building, management and staff, goals and objectives, fund raising and budgeting, collections and exhibitions, education, and community outreach.

Folklore X476/Museum Practicum in Folklore--This course provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

Folklore F730/Museums & Material Culture--This class analyzes the complex relationship between human beings and the material world they inhabit and create, in order to better comprehend the institution of the museum.  An understanding of material culture helps us view how makers, users and viewers relate to objects in homes, commercial establishments and eventually, in museums.  One of the principle aims of this course is to look at the museology of everyday life, in other words, how the general museum principles of collection, preservation and exhibition are found in all the environments we occupy. 

Folklore F731/Curatorship--What do curators do? What hands-on skills should a student acquire in order to prepare for a career working in museums or similar ethnographic archives? How do the theoretical debates within various humanities and social science disciplines connect to the practical work that curators and other museum or archives professionals pursue? Curatorship is a graduate seminar aimed at teaching fundamental skills basic to curatorial work and exploring the ways that theoretical, ethical, and methodological problems are worked out in the day-to-day work of museums of art, ethnography, archaeology, and history, as well as in the kinds of archives that serve a range of humanities and social science disciplines. 

Folklore F806/Museum Practicum in Folklore--This course provides graduate students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.