The IMAS’s mission is to preserve, expand, and display our permanent art and science collections. The IMAS vault is home to thousands of objects and artworks. We would like to introduce you to a few of these items. Along the way, you will learn a little more about their past and their influences.

Nativity (Mexican, German, African, and Peruvian)

Learn about the history of the nativity scene as we discover and learn more about different styles of nativities made from various cultures around the world.


Learn about love through Ancient Greek philosophy as we explore different cultural items from out permanent collection.


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Love
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Philosophy of Love
Mariana Yampolsky
Zulu Women

Book: The Symposium by Plato