K-12 Educational Resources

The Mathers Museum offers a wide variety of services for educators, whether you teach at home or in a K-12 public or private school. The museum's school tours and services are always free.

Tours can be customized to enhance ongoing classroom experiences. Please email Sarah Hatcher at sahatche@indiana.edu to discuss a customized tour.

Scheduling Your Tour
Please book tours at least two weeks in advance using the online Tour Request Form. If you wish to bring your class during the first two weeks of the semester you are encouraged to book at least one month in advance. All tours are booked on a first come, first serve basis, so please have at least two dates and times in mind. Also, please plan to bring one adult for every ten children.

Teaching with Objects and Photographs
Teaching with Objects and Photographs (TOPS) is a free guide for teachers interested in using artifacts or photographs in the classroom. It is available as a free downloadable file and may be shared with other educators. The guide includes background information on the process of teaching with objects as well as lesson plans, photos, and ideas for finding additional photos and artifacts to study. Download the TOPS guide here.

Discovery Kits and the Teaching Collection
Our kits are designed to be checked out for up to two weeks and utilized by instructors. Kits include background information and artifact identification information. Teachers are strongly encouraged to use objects in the kits to teach the lessons in Teaching with Objects and Photographs. Available kits are:

  • Indiana Objects
  • Day of the Dead
  • Everyday Artifacts

Discovery Kits can be checked out for free. Transportation is the responsibility of the teacher. In addition to the Discovery Kits, the Education Department owns a collection of items suitable for gentle classroom use, library displays, and other educational pursuits. Please contact us for more information.