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Indiana University Art Museum

1133 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7509
812-855-5445
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Ranked #5 of 18 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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97 reviews 97 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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23 reviews 23 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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37 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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Bloomington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

The IU Art Museum is a fun venue for a relaxing afternoon with continuing and special exhibits including ancient jewelry and paintings by Picasso and Jackson Pollock. It's a modern I. M. Pei building that plays on angles -- the steps take some getting used to. A tiny cafe ("Angles") and gift shop occupy the third floor. Musical art too.... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I absolutely love this museum. They have a great collection of art work by many artists. There are 3 floors filled with collections, a special exhibition hall and a quaint little cafe/gift shop. It's free and offers a place to hang up coats and lockers (free of charge as well) to store larger bags. I recommend this museum to anyone... More

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