The Brauer Museum is currently closed in response to COVID-19 safety protocols and will remain closed through at least the Fall 2021 semester.
The Museum operates on this schedule during the University’s fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.
|Tuesday||10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Saturday & Sunday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
When the University is on recess during the summer, the Museum operates on this schedule.
|Tuesday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Thursday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Friday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Saturday & Sunday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.|
The Museum is closed during the following dates:
- November 23 – December 1, 2019
- December 10, 2019 – January 5, 2020
- February 29 – March 15, 2020
- Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday
- May 23 – 24, 2020
- July 4 – 5, 2020
Driving and Parking Directions
The Brauer Museum can be found in the Center for the Arts on the north side of Chapel Drive, the turnaround for which is off Sturdy Road (East Drive) where an entrance to the Valparaiso University Campus is located.
I-80/90 OR I-94: Take I-80/90 or I-94 towards Indiana. Depart the interstate for the IN-49 South exit to head towards Valparaiso. Proceed approximately 8 miles south to Valparaiso and then exit onto US-30 West. After passing through the second stoplight, you will see the entrance to campus on your right hand side. Turn into campus and then take the first right hand turn. Parking Lot 1 is immediately on your right hand side. You are welcome to park in any available space in the lot. For handicap parking, proceed past Lot 1 until you arrive at a stop sign at the next intersection. At this point turn left and there will be several handicap spaces on your right hand side next to the Center for the Arts.
I-65 Exit at US-30 East in Merrillville: Proceed approximately 12 miles east to Valparaiso. Once you are in town, you will go under two viaducts and will then see the main entrance to the university on your left hand side. Turn into campus and then take the first right hand turn. Parking Lot 1 is immediately on your right hand side. You are welcome to park in any available space in the lot. For handicap parking, proceed past Lot 1 until you arrive at a stop sign at the next intersection. At this point turn left and there will be several handicap spaces on your right hand side next to the Center for the Arts. Handicap accessible parking and a wheelchair are available; please call for assistance.
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Lot 1 Walking directions to the Center for the Arts: Proceed north towards Kretzmann Hall/Center for the Sciences. There will be a crosswalk available for your assistance. Upon crossing the street, turn right to head east. The Center for the Sciences should now be on your left hand side. As you reach the end of the Center for the Sciences, but before Meier Hall, there will be a sidewalk on your left hand side. Proceed down the sidewalk, which will take you to the East Quad. When you arrive at the East Quad, the Center for the Arts will be straight ahead. Follow the path around the quad, which will bring you to the main entrance of the Center for the Arts.
All tours are free, and donations are always welcomed and appreciated.
Groups may arrange a docent-led tour, bring their own guide, or simply spend time looking at the exhibitions on their own. However, all groups of more than 10 must register by calling 219.464.5276.
Groups wishing to arrange for a guided tour (either with a Museum docent or their own guide) may not exceed 60 people. We recommend groups of more than 20 be divided and tour the gallery separately. Our tour coordinator has several other activities (including a “behind-the scenes” tour) that can accommodate groups not in the gallery.
Children must be accompanied by adults — one adult for every 10 children. The adults are expected to stay with them at all times. The docent must rely on adult supervision and discipline to facilitate the educational experience being provided. Children who are misbehaving will be removed from the Museum.
Specifically for School Groups
For safety and security reasons, no one may
- touch any of the artwork, chew gum, eat or drink while in the Museum, run in the galleries, shout or be disruptive in any way, wander away from the group, and use any writing tools except pencils (clipboards will be provided at the desk for teacher/docent supervised activities).
- use cameras or make copies of artwork without advance permission.
We suggest that elementary school students wear name tags with their first names written clearly so that the docent can address them by name.
Where should our bus bring us?
Your bus should use the Sturdy Road entrance to campus and drop the students off at the entrance of the turn around of the Center for the Arts. Please have students exit quickly because the bus will be blocking traffic. The buses may park in the parking lot west of Huegli Hall (See Campus Parking Map).
Disability buses may enter the turn around to drop off their passengers.
The museum owns one wheel chair. If you wish to use it, please make arrangements in advance.
Where do we go when we arrive at the Museum?
Enter the Center for the Arts by the main entrance on the south side of the building. Please keep your students together in a group in the lobby. Your docent will be there to meet you.
Please call the Brauer Museum at 219.464.5276.
If you must cancel your tour (or if you wish to reschedule), please call as soon as possible.
Teacher workshops are open to primary and secondary school teachers. The purpose of these workshops is to provide an opportunity for teachers in the community and museum staff members to brainstorm on ways that Brauer Museum exhibitions can be effectively used for discussion and instruction in the classroom. Free teacher packets containing information about the museum and the particular exhibitions on display, as well as a CD of visuals from the particular exhibitions, are distributed at the workshop to participating teachers. For more information, please call 219.464.5761.