The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art began as Indiana University's teaching museum in 1941. The collections have grown to more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history, from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
The museum will temporarily close to the public beginning in May 2017 to allow for major renovations to its I.M. Pei-designed building. The renovation will provide essential updates to the Museum, modernizing the building’s systems, expanding gallery and event space, and enabling the Museum to strengthen its educational programming. The renovation project will be designed by Susan T. Rodriguez / Ennead Architects in New York with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, in Indianapolis, and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2020.