Browse the Collection

African Art

Visitors can see and enjoy a collection that represents all major regions of the continent, including Northern, Eastern, Central, Southern and Western Africa.

American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

What’s American about American art? Visitors will find more than one answer to that question in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Noyes Suite of American Art Galleries.

Ancient Art of the Americas

Most of the major ancient Mesoamerican cultures are represented in the Museum’s collections of Ancient Art of the Americas on the first floor of the Krannert Pavilion, including the Olmec and other civilizations of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, the Colima, and the Maya.

Ancient Art of the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean basin served as a stage for international trade and conquest, connecting the Near East to Europe and northern Africa. Borders in the region were in constant flux, retraced during the Greek and Persian wars.

Architectural Sites

Learn more about Miller House and Oldfields - Lilly House and Gardens, two architectural sites from the museum's collection.

Asian Art

More than 400 works of art in the gallery provide a panorama of more than 4,000 years of Asian art from China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, and West and Southeast Asia.

Contemporary Art

Through exhibitions, special projects, programs, artist appearances and the IMA's growing contemporary collection, visitors discover new ideas and art experiences.

Contemporary Design

With more than 400 objects focusing on design after 1980, and spanning nearly 10,000 square feet, this is one of the largest displays of contemporary design in the world and among the first surveys of recent trends in this dynamic field.

Decorative Arts

The IMA collection of European and American decorative arts spans centuries, from the Renaissance to the present. More than 200 works from the collection are displayed in the European and American galleries.

European Painting and Sculpture to 1945

The European galleries feature painting, sculpture, prints and decorative arts from the 12th through the early 20th centuries, including works by Old Masters and Impressionists as well as artists of the modern era.

Native American Art

Most of the major ancient Mesoamerican cultures are represented in the Museum’s collections of the Native art of the Americas, including the Olmec and other civilizations of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, the Colima and the Maya.

Oceanic Art

More than 100 examples of South Pacific Art—from Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Indonesia—are in the Museum's collection.

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

With more than 26,000 works on paper, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary photographs, IMA’s collection of prints, drawings and photographs is its largest permanent collection.

Textile and Fashion Arts

The first item accessioned in the Museum’s collection of textile and fashion arts was an Irish embroidery, purchased in 1888.