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Learning and Cultural Resources

At Purdue University, learning and cultural opportunities, both on campus and in the community, strengthen the student's learning experience via self-motivated and instructor-led extra-curricular activities. 

Campus and Local Cultural Opportunities

Purdue Arts and Ideas - Educational. Inspirational. Awesome. Here you'll find cultural centers, theatres, art galleries — and that's just the beginning. Discover for yourself how entertainment and education combine in powerful ways at Purdue.

Purdue Galleries - The Purdue University Galleries offer a variety of art forms and exhibits throughout the year, featuring artwork from regional, national and international artists as well as the Galleries permanent collection.

Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries - The Rueff Galleries have the unique perspective of being a teaching and research space for students and faculty of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue. 

Purdue Convocations - Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters.

Purdue News - Check the calendar for current events happening on campus.

Purdue Library On-Site and Online Exhibitions: Through internal and external partnerships, Archives and Special Collections has created a number of digital exhibitions to highlight the scope, content, and varied nature of our collections. Visit the online exhibits listed below to explore a part of Purdue history.

Tippecanoe Arts Federation Calender of Events
Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of arts. 

Lafayette/West Lafayette Visitors' Guide
Learn about Greater Lafayette, home of Purdue University.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
The museum features exhibitions in five different galleries, including its permanent collection.

Haan Mansion Museum
The mansion contains a very large collection of Indiana art, featuring the works of T. C. Steele and other Hoosier Group artists as well as the Brown County Art Colony.

Purdue Training and Workshops

Purdue University - Training offers a wide selection of extension courses for both personal and professional growth. Taught by experts in their fields, the courses provide practical, hands-on experience. And, best of all, anyone can afford them. Take a look through our online catalog for courses that interest you. Then, register for the courses online.

Campus Research and Cultural Centers

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center

Bruce Rogers - Typographer's Special Collection

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center

Black Cultural Center

Latino Cultural Center

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center

Native American Educational and Cultural Center

International Center


Museums, Collections & Archives

Design Museum (UK) - The museum is devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (US) - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Design Exchange (CANADA) - Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage.

Letterform Archive (US) - Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community.

Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung (GERMANY) - Provides a wide variety of insights into the topics of architecture, art and design.

Graphic Design Museum Breda (Netherlands) - The permanent exhibition in the Graphic Design Museum portrays the history of this area of expertise in the Netherlands. In alignment with the rooms, three parts are set up in pre-war, post-war and recent (1980's) graphic design. 

Les Arts Décoratifs (PARIS) - Created to promote the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production.

Hamilton Woodtype Museum (US) - Hamilton Wood Type is a working museum and offers schools the opportunity for workshops, demonstrations, and lectures. 

MoMA (US) - The graphic design collection includes noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other combinations of text and image.

Museum of Art & Design (US) - MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.

Museum of Design (SWITZERLAND) – The main thematic areas are design, visual communication, and architecture.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies (US) – Located on Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus in Rochester, New York, is home to the archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

Note: Descriptions extracted verbatim or slightly modified from the sources.