Indiana's K–12 educators and students are encouraged to visit Indiana University's Bloomington campus. Rich with cultural treasures, IU Bloomington is home to numerous historically significant museums and works of art and culture to ignite your students' passion for learning about Indiana and the world.
Immerse students in culture
1,500+performances each year
4on-campus museums and galleries
3arts & humanities festivals
Explore world-class museums
The Lilly Library is home to countless wonders. From a Gutenberg Bible to Shakespeare to Spider Man, its wide-ranging collections bring together materials from around the world and throughout the history of the written and printed word. The Mathers Museum of World Cultures houses collections from every inhabited continent in the world. The Wylie House Museum is furnished as it might have looked when IU's first president, Andrew Wylie, and his family lived there in the 1840s.
See the Indiana Murals
For decades, K-12 students have also visited the IU Auditorium and IU Cinema to see the Indiana Murals, Thomas Hart Benton's large-scale depiction of the state's cultural and industrial history—from its earliest native peoples to the Great Depression. Now, the mural's two panels in Woodburn Hall—long inaccessible to tours due to classes held in the space—are available for viewing.
Enrich student learning experiences
Panels in this panorama make for excellent teaching tools due—in part—to Benton's conscious choice to include both positive and negative aspects of Indiana's history. They:
- Show moments in our history such as the eras of Indiana corn, fur trading, and home handicraft.
- Depict industrial changes that shaped the 20th century, including modern farming and new methods of building design, transportation, communication, and manufacturing.
- Feature a cultural progression that follows themes of religion, politics, medicine, entertainment, and the arts, with notable nods to the emergence of basketball and the Indianapolis 500.
The murals also include controversial aspects of our history. Cultural Panel 10, better known as "Parks, the Circus, the Klan, the Press," illustrates the defeat of the Ku Klux Klan by members of the press in 1920s Indiana. The panel is located in Woodburn Hall 100.