Merging the GBL with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
In the Fall of 2019, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced the creation of the new Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (IUMAA). This museum marries the collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to create a world-class museum whose collections and research resources, exhibits, programs, and outreach will serve IU's education and research missions and make it a leading destination for scholars, students, and the public.
Part of the merger to create IUMAA focuses on the building where these collections have been collected, preserved, and stored. The building at 416 N. Indiana Avenue is decades old and has seen no renovations since opening.
Through the spring and summer 2020, staff have been carefully packing and then transporting the millions of artifacts to safe locations in order to prepare for renovations. The building renovation will be funded through an $11 million capital appropriate made to IU in the state budget and other state funds, for which we as a community are extremely grateful to the Legilsature and Governor Eric Holcomb.
Renovations will include:
- Converting two dated and inefficient separate museum spaces into one with extensive replacement and modernization of infrastructure. New HVAC systems, electrical upgrades, and remediation will make the facility better for visitors, students, researchers, and employees.
- Increasing the visibility of and access to the collections through extensive use of technology.
- Providing improved spaces for research, teaching, and public education programs based around the collections.
While in temporary locations, staff will be making collections available on a scheduled basis. Contact the appropriate department for more information!
Renovations are set to begin Fall 2020 with an anticipated reopening in Spring 2022.