Facilities

Where ideas take root and blossom

With 235+ labs in the natural sciences, the College is well equipped to support scientific research in a wide range of disciplines. Simon Hall is a six-story, 141,000-square-foot building designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the sciences. It houses more than 220 researchers from different scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, cognitive science, and physics. 

The Biology Building Greenhouse includes a wide variety of plants from around the world—including spectacular rainforest, desert, and insectivorous plants. The Kirkwood Observatory allows for the public use of our 12-inch refracting telescope and solar telescope.

Where past meets present

The facilities for research in the social and historical sciences at Indiana University Bloomington include museums, archives, labs, and more. The Social Science Research Commons is the hub of social science research, designed to promote research collaborations among social scientists on campus. Located in Woodburn Hall, its facilities include meeting space, the Interdisciplinary Experimental Laboratory, and the Qualitative Data Analysis Laboratory.

With collections that include more than 30,000 objects and over 10,000 photographs representing cultures from around the globe, IU's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to preserving and sharing the world’s cultural heritage. The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is home to archaeological, ethnohistory, image, and library and archival collections that focus on Indiana’s archaeological and cultural heritage.