Start your journey in the Fine Arts Plaza.
You’re surrounded by the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the IU Auditorium, and the Lilly Library. Without moving a step, you can experience Rob Shakespeare’s Light Totem, Charles Perry’s Indiana Arc, and Robert Laurent’s The Birth of Venus (a.k.a. Showalter Fountain). You’re mere yards away from an original Gutenberg Bible, an exhibit of Andy Warhol portraits, and a stage that has been home to events from Les Misérables to Bob Dylan.
Indulge your love of musical performances
Now head southeast to explore our performance halls. Start at the Musical Arts Center, which you probably know as the MAC. With 1,460 seats, it’s the largest performance venue on campus—and one of the grandest in the nation. Its 90'-by-60' stage rivals New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and it hosts the longest season of opera productions in the western hemisphere.
In the Simon Music Center you’ll find 400-seat Auer Hall and 100-seat Ford-Crawford Hall for more intimate recitals and performances. And in Merrill Hall is the school’s most historic performance space, 500-seat Recital Hall, which hosted its first performance more than 75 years ago.
Immerse yourself in culture
Across campus, start your tour of IU’s cultural district in the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Expand your knowledge of the world’s cultural heritage as you explore collections and exhibits and take part in the programs the museum offers.
Art is everywhere
The Fine Arts Plaza is definitely the heart of the IU Bloomington arts district. But no matter where you are on campus, you’re moments away from any number of ways to experience the arts. See a performance, or perform in a musical. Catch a movie, or move in a dance recital. Visit a museum, or muse for a while in the Rose Well House.
Get out there and explore. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see art everywhere.