Museum of Us

Museum of Us As San Diego’s only cultural anthropology museum, we explore what it means to be human through immersive exhibits. From exploring the power of secrets to discovering the truth about cannibalism – there’s something for everyone at the Museum!
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Discover a variety of unique, interactive exhibits that cover a vast range of human history and culture you won’t see anywhere else in the world! — PostSecret - explore the community art project, PostSecret, and join the millions of people who have anonymously shared their secrets in this interactive and engaging exhibit…you won’t leave a stranger! —Cannibals: Myth & Reality - discover cannibals aren’t who you think they are. In fact, there’s a good chance that your ancestors were cannibals…you may even have a few cannibalistic practices yourself. —Living with Animals - discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways we live with animals—from beloved pets and irksome pests, to the food on our dinner plates. You’ll find we’re not human without them! — Race: Are We So Different? - explains in clear, helpful language the origins of race and racism, and helps us understand how to deal with them in productive, enlightening ways. —Plus tons more! Begin your journey today, we’re open daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.–www.museumofus.org

Operating as usual

09/15/2020
Balboa Park to You - Spotlight: Museum of Us

We caught up with Jazmine from Balboa Park TV to talk about the past, present, and future of the Museum of Us! Check out this episode of "Balboa Park to You" and come see for yourself starting this Wednesday, September 16th. #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

People don't often think of museums as being bold or as agents of change. But the Museum of Man rebranding to Museum of Us is a big step forward in defining ...

The Museum of Us is excited to announce that we will be reopening on Wednesday, September 16th! We will now be open Wedn...
09/14/2020
Updates to Our Community Regarding COVID-19 - Museum of Us

The Museum of Us is excited to announce that we will be reopening on Wednesday, September 16th!

We will now be open Wednesday – Sunday every week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We’ve been hard at work to ensure the safety of our guests upon reopening, and invite you to visit our website to learn about our new safety guidelines, ticketing information, and more.

Plan your visit today! #MuseumofUs #AllofUs

Updates to Our Community Regarding COVID-19 Image by Alexander Adams   Welcome Back! The Museum of Us is excited to reopen our doors and welcome you back starting Wednesday, September 16th. Under the direction of state and county guidelines, we will be operating at limited capacity and implementing...

The Museum of Us is located in Balboa Park, a hub for art and culture near the heart of Downtown San Diego. Balboa Park ...
09/10/2020

The Museum of Us is located in Balboa Park, a hub for art and culture near the heart of Downtown San Diego. Balboa Park was built for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, which commemorated the international opening of the Panama Canal.

Just across the Cabrillo Bridge, the Museum of Us is the western entrance of Balboa Park. The Park has long been a place for people to come together, celebrate our passions and diversity, and call for change in the community and world at large.

#AllowUsToReintroduceOurselves #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

(Image 1: Pedestrians on the Cabrillo Bridge at the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 by San Diego History Center via Balboa Park / Image 2: Peaceful protestors passing through the California Plaza, June 2020)

The September/October issue of the American Alliance of Museums’ “Museum” magazine is out! This edition, “Cultivating Ci...
09/06/2020

The September/October issue of the American Alliance of Museums’ “Museum” magazine is out!

This edition, “Cultivating Civic Engagement,” features an article highlighting the efforts of museums rising to the challenge to meet community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAM members can "pick up" their digital copy today to learn how the Museum of Us and other museums are responding to times of challenge: https://bit.ly/2Z7VBAz

It’s more than just a name change. The Museum of Us is rethinking the way we steward cultural resources, develop exhibit...
09/05/2020

It’s more than just a name change.

The Museum of Us is rethinking the way we steward cultural resources, develop exhibits, and involve the community in our work.

The Museum of Us is a place by, for, and of all of us! Learn more at: www.museumofus.org/allaboutus

The Museum of Us is honored to have been awarded a Museums for America, Community Anchors and Catalysts grant from the I...
09/03/2020
Museum of Us Awarded Nearly $250,000 Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Community-Driven Partnerships - Museum of Us

The Museum of Us is honored to have been awarded a Museums for America, Community Anchors and Catalysts grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This grant will allow us to honor our commitment to decolonization and to ensure the voices of the Kumeyaay Nation are prioritized in our work.

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs #AllofUs

The Museum of Us is honored to have been awarded a $249,668 Museums for America, Community Anchors and Catalysts, grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This grant will fund a project that is an extension of ... read more

Balboa Park
08/27/2020

Balboa Park

Look up after dark this week to see #BalboaPark's iconic #CaliforniaTower bathed in purple and gold light to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the #19thAmendment and the women's suffrage movement. #WomensVote100 #ThankYou #SanDiego

📸 credit Chris Rynne

Acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of the land is more than saying a few sentences—it is displaying humility, building...
08/24/2020
Land Acknowledgement - Museum of Us

Acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of the land is more than saying a few sentences—it is displaying humility, building trust, and being accountable for working towards a more inclusive and equitable future.

A land acknowledgement statement is the first step organizations can take towards eliminating the ongoing erasure of Indigenous Peoples’ voices, lives, and history, and building a more equitable, inclusive, anti-colonial, and racially just space.

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs #WhatMakesUs

Land Acknowledgement Decolonizing Initiatives Land Acknowledgement Colonial Pathways Policy Policy on the Curation of Human Remains The Museum of Us recognizes that it sits on the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay peoples who have...

Land Acknowledgements: What are they? What do they mean? How are they used? Whether you are familiar with land acknowled...
08/22/2020

Land Acknowledgements: What are they? What do they mean? How are they used?

Whether you are familiar with land acknowledgements, or this is the first you are hearing of them, it is always good to revisit their meaning and significance.

To learn more about Land Acknowledgements and other Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us, visit: https://bit.ly/32e3xko

#MuseumofUs #WhatMakesUs #AllowUsToReintroduceOurselves

That right there? That’s us! The Museum of Us resides and operates on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nat...
08/20/2020

That right there? That’s us!

The Museum of Us resides and operates on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego, California.

Located just 15 miles north of one of the world’s busiest land border crossings (the San Ysidro Port of Entry), the Museum of Us is proud to welcome a diversity of international visitors from near and far.

#MuseumofUs #WhatMakesUs #AllowUsToReintroduceOurselves

Howka! Hi! Hola! Nǐ hǎo! It’s us, your new museum.We’ve spent the last few weeks sharing how the Museum of Us got its na...
08/20/2020

Howka! Hi! Hola! Nǐ hǎo! It’s us, your new museum.

We’ve spent the last few weeks sharing how the Museum of Us got its name, but you may be wondering what all it entails. Allow us to reintroduce ourselves!

In the weeks and months to come, we’ll be highlighting moments from Museum of Us history that made us who we are today (#MomentsThatMadeUs), as well as the core values and beliefs that guide our work (#WhatMakesUs). Stay tuned for some exciting updates and involvement opportunities along the way!

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs

How do we talk about race in a way that unites and strengthens us as a community?This Thursday, August 20th, the Nationa...
08/18/2020

How do we talk about race in a way that unites and strengthens us as a community?

This Thursday, August 20th, the National Conflict Resolution Center - NCRC will present a national conversation featuring two of America’s leading scholars and New York Times #1 Best Selling authors, Ibram X. Kendi (How To Be An Antiracist) and Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility), facilitated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery.

Join the free, virtual discussion and fundraiser (donations optional), "A Path Forward," about racism and injustice this Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight time. Register at: https://bit.ly/3kWIL18

Are museums activists? They sure can be! By combating the spread of misinformation, teaching and inspiring critical thin...
08/18/2020
Museums as Activists • Exhibits of Humanity

Are museums activists? They sure can be! By combating the spread of misinformation, teaching and inspiring critical thinking, and creating dialogical spaces, museums can promote activism.

This article by Emma Thorne-Christy from Exhibits of Humanity features one of our very own exhibits!

Are museums activists? How can museums be activists? Museum activism.

"When we were forced to close our doors in mid-March we really focused on, 'How do we use this time to become a better v...
08/16/2020
San Diego Museum Of Man Changes Name To San Diego Museum Of Us (KPBS Midday Edition Segments) | KPBS

"When we were forced to close our doors in mid-March we really focused on, 'How do we use this time to become a better version of ourselves when we get out the other side?'"

Learn more about how the Museum of Us came to be from CEO Dr. Micah Parzen with Maureen Cavanaugh on KPBS Midday Edition.

An anthropological museum in Balboa Park that was known as the Museum of Man for more than 40 years has a new name — the Museum of Us.

Did you know the Museum of Us renaming process began in summer of 2018? Through stakeholder meetings, surveys, and an in...
08/13/2020
Museum Renaming Process - Museum of Us

Did you know the Museum of Us renaming process began in summer of 2018? Through stakeholder meetings, surveys, and an interactive name change exhibit, the community made us who we are today!

Learn more about the history, process, and initiatives behind the Museum of Us by visiting:

Formerly known as the San Diego Museum of Man, learn all about the Museum of Us—a 100-plus-year-old anthropology museum with an unconventional new approach.

Thank you to our friends at UNA USA San Diego Chapter for their support of the Museum of Us! Together, we can work towar...
08/11/2020

Thank you to our friends at UNA USA San Diego Chapter for their support of the Museum of Us!

Together, we can work towards achieving a better and more sustainable future for all of us.

Did you hear?! The Museum of Man has officially changed its name to The Museum of Us!

We support this name change as it is a positive step towards accomplishing Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality (#SDG5) and Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities (#SDG10) by 2030!

Read @musuemofus’s statement below:

"After operating as the San Diego Museum of Man for over 40 years, it is time we step into a new identity that better reflects our values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Today, we are proud to announce our new name: Museum of Us"

Source: @museumofallofus

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“When you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou New banners went up on the California Building last week, beginning th...
08/10/2020

“When you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

New banners went up on the California Building last week, beginning the process of changing Museum signage to the Museum of Us.

As a reminder, the Museum remains temporarily closed due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus. We look forward to reopening our doors when it is safe to do so!

08/07/2020
CEO of the San Diego Museum of Us explains the name change

“It’s critically important in a divided world that we have places like a Museum of Us that can bring people together and really focus on shared humanity - and create a place where everybody feels like they’re welcome, and everybody feels like they belong.” Learn more about the Museum of Us from CEO Dr. Micah Parzen with KUSI.

The world around us is changing. It’s time our institutions do, too. Thank you to the American Anthropological Associati...
08/07/2020

The world around us is changing. It’s time our institutions do, too.

Thank you to the American Anthropological Association for your support!

In solidarity with the worldwide #LightItBlue movement, the California Tower has been flooded in blue light since April ...
08/04/2020

In solidarity with the worldwide #LightItBlue movement, the California Tower has been flooded in blue light since April 10th in support of healthcare and essential workers on the frontlines of the fight against Coronavirus. Last night, a projection was added to signify the beginning of a new chapter for the Museum of Us.

Words without action are hollow.The Museum of Us is not just a change of name. As put by the San Diego Union-Tribune, it...
08/03/2020
As it moves forward with decolonizing, Museum of Man gets a new name

Words without action are hollow.

The Museum of Us is not just a change of name. As put by the San Diego Union-Tribune, it is "a reflection of a broader effort by the cultural anthropology museum to redefine its role in the community, its stewardship of the items in its collection, and the stories it tells."

Learn more about the history, initiatives, and #MomentsThatMadeUs.

The Balboa Park institution will be known now as the Museum of Us

Words have power. Names are no different. The name change process took place over two-plus years, and was marked by exte...
08/02/2020
Museum Renaming Process - Museum of Us

Words have power. Names are no different.

The name change process took place over two-plus years, and was marked by extensive community involvement. To learn more, visit:

Formerly known as the San Diego Museum of Man, learn all about the Museum of Us—a 100-plus-year-old anthropology museum with an unconventional new approach.

After operating as the San Diego Museum of Man for over 40 years, it is time we step into a new identity that better ref...
08/02/2020

After operating as the San Diego Museum of Man for over 40 years, it is time we step into a new identity that better reflects our values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Today, we are proud to announce our new name: Museum of Us

We may be an anthropology museum, but we’ve had our fair share of robotic and extraterrestrial visitors over the years! ...
07/23/2020

We may be an anthropology museum, but we’ve had our fair share of robotic and extraterrestrial visitors over the years!

This week, we are thinking of our friends at the Comic-Con Museum and celebrating #ComicConAtHome by remembering all those who stopped by the Museum of Man to learn what it means to be human. 🤖 👽

Remembering the life and legacy of congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis.“[T]hrough the decades, he not only g...
07/21/2020
My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Remembering the life and legacy of congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis.

“[T]hrough the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.”
– Former President Barack Obama

America is a constant work in progress. What gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it…

07/19/2020
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on disability.

Author, speaker, and fellow San Diego resident Alex Montoya reminds readers that there is a lot to learn from people with disabilities who adapt and adjust to adversity every day.

A beautiful capture from Stephen Bay Photography as Comet Neowise crosses the early morning sky over the California Towe...
07/18/2020

A beautiful capture from Stephen Bay Photography as Comet Neowise crosses the early morning sky over the California Tower. 🌠

Around the world and across cultures, individuals look to the night sky for different reasons, including guidance, reason, faith, fortune, and more. What do the cosmos mean to you?

This is Comet Neowise shot from Balboa Park this morning. I guess I have a thing for photographing astro subjects in the middle of the city. Usually this results in a lot of pain because the objects are so dim and the light pollution from the city tends to wash everything out.

However, I decided to go to Balboa Park this morning to try and capture the comet. Although there were no clouds the conditions weren't ideal as the air was very humid so clarity wasn't the best. Also we had a half moon.

NEOWISE was barely visible to the eye and if I didn't know where to look, I wouldn't have noticed it. It does come out better on the camera and with some processing.

This is a crop from a horizontal shot.

Dare to share? Mail your secrets to:PostSecret 28241 Crown Valley Parkway, F-224Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
07/12/2020

Dare to share? Mail your secrets to:
PostSecret
28241 Crown Valley Parkway, F-224
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

07/11/2020
The Refined Process Behind a Perfect Pint of Beer

“It’s never been a more exciting time in brewing--I’d say globally--With the technology and the agricultural quality of the ingredients we have these days.” – Matt Brophy of Flying Dog Brewery

Learn about the history and science of brewing the perfect pint of beer with the Smithsonian Channel. #BEERology #MuseumofMan

The process of making beer is a science, and a messy one at that. Here, a brewmaster at Flying Dog Brewery walks Josh Ozersky through the art of the brew

Your voice counts! Being counted in the U.S. Census ensures our communities get the education, housing, infrastructure, ...
07/08/2020

Your voice counts! Being counted in the U.S. Census ensures our communities get the education, housing, infrastructure, health care, and social services we need. The official count ends on October 31st, 2020.

To learn more: countme2020.org
To register: my2020census.gov

OUR VOICES COUNT! - Being counted in the Census tells everyone WHO we are and WHERE we are so that our communities get the resources we deserve.

Throughout the day we'll be uplifting the areas, neighborhoods, and cities in our region that currently have the lowest response rates. If you have friends or family in these areas, reach out and make sure they've completed their census: my2020census.gov or (844) 330-2020.

We also have several events happening today. It's a busy day so stay tuned!

Check our social media toolkit here: bit.ly/CM2020_weekOfAction_ToolKit.

#countme2020 #EveryoneCounts #CaliforniaCounts #2020census #countusin

While we’ve been closed, "Friends of Balboa Park" have been busy repairing and restoring Balboa Park and Museum architec...
07/05/2020

While we’ve been closed, "Friends of Balboa Park" have been busy repairing and restoring Balboa Park and Museum architecture for visitors to enjoy for years to come! They’ve repainted the Cabrillo Bridge and light standards to historically accurate colors, and are currently restoring light sconces in the Plaza de California. Thank you!

Since its opening in 2015, over 7,500 youth and adults have participated in tours and workshops of our "Race: Are We So ...
06/29/2020

Since its opening in 2015, over 7,500 youth and adults have participated in tours and workshops of our "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit. Although we are currently closed, we are grateful for funding from the Nissan Foundation, which has allowed us to welcome participants from different walks of life to engage in dialogue about race and racism in our communities.

Five years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of love and struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, ...
06/26/2020

Five years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of love and struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalizing it in all fifty states. In honor of this momentous day in LGBTQ+ and American history, the California Tower was draped in the rainbow pride flag to celebrate.

The anniversary falls on the heels of another important Supreme Court decision to extend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. As much as there is to be celebrated, calls for “Black Trans Lives Matter” among the Black Lives Matter movement remind us of the work still to be done to protect Black transgender womxn and marginalized community members from senseless violence and systemic oppression.

#LoveWins #BlackTransLivesMatter

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The changing of your name is truly a JOKE. You are pathetic!!
The name change to Museum of Us is pure stupidity. I refuse to patronize any place that becomes part of the 'woke' movement.
I am sorry but this name change is beyond ridiculous. The Museum of Humanoids makes sense, but from a intellectual point of view the "Museum of Us" has no intellectual meaning.
Museum of Us?!?!?!?!?! I hate the sound of it. It will forever be Museum of Man to me or like others suggested "Mankind". Museum of us sound pretty selfish and not about history. Museum of Mankind however sounds like history of humans, our species. I bet whoever came up with this name was a drop out from high school or college. I will refuse to bring my children here to a place with such a selfish title/name. You guys should have had the public, your visitors, vote on the new name for the museum.
I just watched a commercial that you are the Museum of Man and you going to change it to Museum of us museums are about the past do you want to change it change it to Museum of mankind that includes everybody!! Museum of us is it current events that's like oxymoron hello.
BOYCOTT the Museum of US!!! No name change unless it is "Mankind"!!
Hardly anyone wants this name change!! I strongly suggest if you're going to change it, you would be better off changing it to "Mankind"!!!! You will lose visitors BIG TIME!!! Don't be stupid and don't let the small minority talk you in to such a stupid change!!
A big thank you to The San Diego Museum of Man for supporting the recent fundraiser for Assistance League of Greater San Diego. Your donation to our silent auction helped make our event a wonderful success.
Hey Guys! Is your museum male only? If you are exhibiting anythung women related, I personally feel that changing the name to The Museum of HUMan would be very appropriate in our modern age. What do you think?
Hi! Are international student cards accepted?
You don't need to change the name! If anything it sounds like you just need to hire a new director of marketing and communications that hasn't bought into this PC for nothing BS!
Here's a sneak peak at the grand prize for tomorrow's Museum Poker Tournament Fundraiser No. 2. It's not too late to sign up folks! RSVP to Sarah Booher at [email protected] or call 619-239-2001 x19.