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Indiana University Art Museum

1133 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7509
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Bloomington
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: Indiana University Art Museum One of the best college museums in the country.  Three floors of permanent exhibits from around the world, as well as a... more »
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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

An excellent college art museum in an I.M. Pei designed building. A hulking concrete structure from the outside, it is a light filled wonder on the inside. Similar (though not nearly as elaborate) to the national Gallery East Building in Washington D.C., the building is based on two triangles, one for galleries and one for special exhibitions and the library... More

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Elkhart, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very nice place with many pieces to see. Plan on a hour+. Just west the large fountain in the middle of the campus. Nice for all ages.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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102 reviews 102 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice to have such a pleasant visit to an outstanding and very diverse collection in a world-class structure. It was also nice to have it for free or for a chosen donation. Seeing a nicely dressed gentleman taking a nap in the religious art section was a bit unsettling, but perhaps he was in deep meditation...or was it deep medication?... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Indiana University art Museum is world class. The museum consists of four flours and art and artifacts. They will have exhibits on loan that are world renown and has it's own world class art. An outstanding place for a day of enjoyment and education.

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Wheeling, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Matisse exhibit was narrowly focused on his paper cuts, and it was cool to be able to see all of them together as he assembled them for the folio. They have an wonderful curator there and every year have a special exhibit you won't see even at the Art Institute of Chicago - Bloomington has a surprisingly deep collection. Worth... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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171 reviews 171 reviews
37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I had walked by this place many times, but recently had an event there, and I was pleasantly surprised. Most campuses do not have such a nice museum. It has a really good collection of art, and the building is interesting too. The native American art was probably the most interesting. I did not have to pay, but I am... More

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Boston, MA
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20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a very nice collection, beautifully displayed in a nice building. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The building itself is particularly beautiful. Designed by I M Pei, the entry hall is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Bloomington is a small University town which is rich in cultural life. Music School is best in US and art scene is blossoming. IU Art museum is offering an extensive collection of art on three floors.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This museum is exceptional. The architecture (I.M. Pei) is modern and wonderful. But it is the East Gallery that is the gem. The rotating exhibits include all forms of art. What a lovely idea. Take a walk through and enjoy what the galleries have to offer.

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Sydney, Australia
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364 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

IM Pei designed, it's beautiful. However, it is let down by the 'beigeness' of the displays in freestanding cases. It feels like they haven't decided where to put things yet. For me, the best thing was the environmentally smart cafe with all takeaway packaging being recyclable.

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