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 Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.–www.museumofus.org

Operating as usual

“People often think of health as the result of individual choices. But… the redlining study's findings show how health i...
11/30/2020
In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects Of Past Housing Discrimination Are Plain To See

“People often think of health as the result of individual choices. But… the redlining study's findings show how health is also a result of a lack of choices baked into the very fabric of American cities by racist policies made long ago.” Learn more with NPR:

Researchers analyzed the lingering harms of of decades-old racist lending policies known as redlining. Their project lets you explore the current impacts on maps of 142 cities.

#WeekendWisdom brought to you by Audre Lorde.
11/28/2020

#WeekendWisdom brought to you by Audre Lorde.

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11/26/2020

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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

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we're spending this #WaybackWednesday remembering when the Smithsonian’s Nat...
11/25/2020
'Ramp It Up' Brings Skateboarding To The Museum Of Man

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we're spending this #WaybackWednesday remembering when the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian visited the Museum in 2012! The exhibit, “Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America,” shared the Native origins of skateboarding and celebrated its vibrant culture in the present-day.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #MomentsThatMadeUs #MuseumofUs #SmithsonianAffiliate

A new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man celebrates the vibrancy of Native American skateboarding culture.

After a secret family recipe was anonymously shared with PostSecret, the delicious apple pie went viral online! Read abo...
11/23/2020

After a secret family recipe was anonymously shared with PostSecret, the delicious apple pie went viral online! Read about one relative’s quest to get back at their “petty aunts”, and try the recipe for yourself: https://on.today.com/3kOP0TH

Want to learn more about our relationship with canines? Ed Yong breaks down the complex and contested tale of our unlike...
11/22/2020
A New Origin Story for Dogs

Want to learn more about our relationship with canines? Ed Yong breaks down the complex and contested tale of our unlikely friendship, and how dogs may have come to be domesticated.

The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice.

Hey! What are you looking at? Just tens of thousands of years of evolution, that’s all! In our “Living With Animals” exh...
11/21/2020

Hey! What are you looking at? Just tens of thousands of years of evolution, that’s all! In our “Living With Animals” exhibit, visitors learn about our complicated relationship with these furry friends – and how that’s changed throughout time.

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

The American Medical Association (AMA) now recognizes interpersonal and systemic racism as a serious threat to public he...
11/19/2020
AMA: Racism is a threat to public health

The American Medical Association (AMA) now recognizes interpersonal and systemic racism as a serious threat to public health. As we learned through our “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit, deconstructing the concept of race and race essentialism is critical to addressing the root of racism in every form.

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

The House of Delegates says racism, in all its forms, harms patients. The AMA will identify best practices to help mitigate its effects.

An anonymous secret recently shared with PostSecret. In times of crisis, it is important to check in on one another – ev...
11/16/2020

An anonymous secret recently shared with PostSecret. In times of crisis, it is important to check in on one another – even those putting on their brave face.

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first two sessions of our “Reclaiming Wellness” series! Thank you to our spe...
11/14/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first two sessions of our “Reclaiming Wellness” series! Thank you to our speakers Chor Boogie, Sake One, and COCO144 for sharing their knowledge and experiences with aerosol art and the culture that surrounds it. If you missed out, the recorded sessions will be posted to our website next week. Stay tuned for updates and more conversations on reclaiming wellness!

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs #ReclaimingWellness

Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County, the Museum of Us will be temporarily closed, effective imme...
11/12/2020

Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County, the Museum of Us will be temporarily closed, effective immediately. The safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority, and we look forward to reopening when it is safe to do so.

For updates, please visit: museumofus.org/covid-19-updates/

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing COCO144, aka Roberto Gualtieri. COCO144 was born in Harlem, New York City in 195...
11/10/2020

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing COCO144, aka Roberto Gualtieri. COCO144 was born in Harlem, New York City in 1956. His mother Aurelia, immigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico; and his father Gaetano from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Roberto was nicknamed COCO by his parents as a term of endearment.

At the age of 12, with a desire to express something, COCO began writing his name on the way to, and from school. In 1970, during his first year of high school; COCO moved on to paint on trains, and participated in the first generation of subway writers from 1970 to 1972, which is where he added the street number, 144. In 1972 he co-founded United Graffiti Artists, which consisted of 20 of the most prolific subway/street writers of New York City. COCO 144 became one of the first writers to ground break into the art world in 1973 introducing what is recognized as the graffiti culture at the Razor Gallery at SoHo, in New York with UGA.

COCO continues to explore with film, and experiment with different techniques. He has been commissioned to paint murals at The Rockefeller University, and his work has been exhibited in New York, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Europe. COCO’s work is in private collections, as well as in The Museum of the City of New York, and The New York Historical Society.

COCO144 will be joining us for the second session of our Reclaiming Wellness series, "East Coast, West Coast: A Conversation Around Aerosol Art Misconceptions." Join the conversation at 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM ET on Friday, November 13th to learn more about Sake One, his work, and the culture that surrounds aerosol art.

Register for the free webinar at the link below! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qNb10OTWRz-q-kcTNWT4Ww

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs #ReclaimingWellness #DecolonizingAerosolArt

Director of Decolonizing Initiatives, Brandie Macdonald, shares what it means to decolonize a museum with the Associatio...
11/08/2020

Director of Decolonizing Initiatives, Brandie Macdonald, shares what it means to decolonize a museum with the Association on American Indian Affairs!

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumOfUs #DecolonizeMuseums

“Our building (has) nine colonizers etched into its skin...the physical exoskeleton is a monument to the colonizer,” said Brandie Macdonald, Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us. Through that lens, the monuments of missionaries and others carved into the museum’s exterior take on new meaning.

What does it mean to decolonize a museum? The first step is robust NAGPRA compliance, Macdonald said during the “Decolonize Your Institution” panel at last week’s Repatriation Conference.

Once the Ancestors were cared for, Macdonald and her colleague, Kara Vetter, created community-driven procedures around caring for and exhibiting cultural items. Indigenous peoples now serve as the primary experts on how their cultures are represented at the Museum of Us. “We’re ceding authority,” added Vetter. “It’s not for us to define.”

The Decolonize panel was pure fire. Our third panelist is the new Executive Director of Maine’s Abbe Museum, Chris Newell. He related that the Abbe opened in 1928, but only recently have Wabanaki people, science, culture and worldviews been allowed to lead and govern this museum.

We are looking forward to sharing much more from the conference about how Indigenous-led repatriation and curation are transforming American museums for the better!

#decolonize #decolonizeyourmuseum #abbemuseum #museumofus #repatriation #repatriationconference2020 #NAGPRA #Indigenousrights #humanrights

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing Sake One, a West Coast pioneer of New York Style Writ’n & Hip Hop Culture.Sake O...
11/07/2020

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing Sake One, a West Coast pioneer of New York Style Writ’n & Hip Hop Culture.

Sake One has been an influential part of the first wave of kid aerosol artists. A self-taught artist since the age of 7, it was a natural progression for him. He was inspired by the art created on subways and the New York Street culture that was on TV, like “Night Flight” and music videos. After watching a made for television movie called “Dreams Don’t Die” on May 21st, 1982, Sake immediately went out to paint his first crude piece of illegal art using the Name "SOLO."

Sake will be joining us for the second session of our Reclaiming Wellness series, "East Coast, West Coast: A Conversation Around Aerosol Art Misconceptions." Join the conversation at 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM ET on Friday, November 13th to learn more about Sake One, his work, and the culture that surrounds aerosol art.

Register for the free webinar at the link below! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qNb10OTWRz-q-kcTNWT4Ww

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs #ReclaimingWellness

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing Chor Boogie, an acclaimed aerosol artist who will be joining us for the first tw...
11/05/2020

Meet your webinar speakers! Introducing Chor Boogie, an acclaimed aerosol artist who will be joining us for the first two sessions of our Reclaiming Wellness series, “Decolonizing Aerosol Art” and “East Coast, West Coast: A Conversation Around Aerosol Art Misconceptions.”

Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is an internationally acclaimed spray paint artist who approaches the use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine. He is primarily self taught, though first nurtured by the world of street art. He has produced murals and art exhibitions all over the globe including the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Us, and much more.

Chor Boogie addresses issues of class struggle, corporate corruption, social justice, drug policy reform, health care, environmental issues, and Indigenous peoples rights. His educational campaign, “Decolonizing Aerosol Art,” raises awareness about the true cultural roots of aerosol art or “Style Writing” in America, and the value of diversity in the arts. He now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is an active member of the street art community.

Join “Us” at 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, November 11th and Friday, November 13th to learn more about Chor Boogie, his work, and the culture that surrounds aerosol art. Register for the free webinars at the links below!

Decolonizing Aerosol Art: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v6JwMWWTQH-dRxJcslm5Kg

East Coast, West Coast: A Conversation Around Aerosol Art Misconceptions: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qNb10OTWRz-q-kcTNWT4Ww

📸 Image by Kike Valderrama
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Whether you’re voting for the first time or have been voting for decades, it’s important to remind yourself how to prepa...
11/03/2020
Voting on Election Day | USAGov

Whether you’re voting for the first time or have been voting for decades, it’s important to remind yourself how to prepare for your trip to the polls. Visit the link below to learn about polling locations, voter ID requirements, and the notes and voting guides you can bring to the voting booth. #ElectionDay

Find out when and where to vote and what form of ID to bring with you on Election Day. Learn about accessibility rules for voters with disabilities.

This election is historic in more ways than one! 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendm...
11/01/2020
History of US Suffrage | Women's Museum

This election is historic in more ways than one! 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Thanks to our friends at the Women's Museum of California, you can explore a timeline of the US Suffrage Movement in their digital exhibit.

Explore a timeline of the US Suffrage Movement from the early days of the nation to beyond the 19th Amendment.

As October and Filipino American History Month comes to an end, we’re tuning into the San Diego History Center's “Welcom...
10/31/2020
San Diego History Center

As October and Filipino American History Month comes to an end, we’re tuning into the San Diego History Center's “Welcome to the Mix.” In this oral history project, you can hear from Rita Andrews, Aurora Cudal, Susan delos Santos, and Dr. Ofelia Dirige - local leaders and activists who are making positive change in their communities!

Listen to San Diego History Center | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.

Planning on voting in-person on November 3rd? San Diego County residents can ride to their polling places for free on El...
10/30/2020
San Diego MTS, NCTD Offering Free Transit Rides On Election Day

Planning on voting in-person on November 3rd? San Diego County residents can ride to their polling places for free on Election Day thanks to Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District (NCTD)'s “Free Ride Day.” To learn more, visit:

San Diego residents can ride to their polling places for free on Election Day, with county public transportation agencies announcing Tuesday that Nov. 3 will be a "Free Ride Day."

We may all be in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat. Here is a look at how 19 women from around the wor...
10/29/2020
How Do You Survive A Pandemic? These Women Have Lessons For Us All

We may all be in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat. Here is a look at how 19 women from around the world are adapting to the times and remaining resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs

Women often bear a heavier burden at times of crisis. Yet they draw on their inner strength to survive — and thrive. NPR photographed and interviewed 19 women over 3 weeks. Here are their stories.

In our “Monsters!” exhibit, visitors can leave behind their fears, nightmares, or monsters in our giant dream catcher. T...
10/25/2020

In our “Monsters!” exhibit, visitors can leave behind their fears, nightmares, or monsters in our giant dream catcher. This feather reads, “climate change.” What fears would you leave behind?

Sending you some #WeekendWisdom from the Dalai Lama!#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs #AllofUs
10/24/2020

Sending you some #WeekendWisdom from the Dalai Lama!

#WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs #AllofUs

This beautiful installation is the product of “Inter+FACE,” a partnership with The AjA Project that used participatory p...
10/23/2020

This beautiful installation is the product of “Inter+FACE,” a partnership with The AjA Project that used participatory photography and community dialogue to explore how race, representation, and identity have been experienced in both past and present San Diego. You can find it in our “Race: Are We So Different?” gallery today!

📸 Image by: Alexander Adams
🧶 Design by: Shinpei Takeda

Today is International Pronouns Day! Thank you to our friends at UNA USA San Diego Chapter for their support of our name...
10/22/2020

Today is International Pronouns Day! Thank you to our friends at UNA USA San Diego Chapter for their support of our name change. We can all take steps, big and small, towards inclusion and gender equality.

To learn more: https://www.aclunc.org/blog/what-s-pronoun
#GenerationEquality #MuseumOfUs #AllOfUs

Felicia here @ello_felicia while speaking of Pronouns and Inclusivity, I wanted to highlight a recent change in San Diego. @BalboaPark "Museum of Us" (@museumofallofus). I couldn't be prouder of this city and its progress to the future. Little steps like this build Equality.

"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." - @museumofallofus

#HumanRights #Activism #Equality #SanDiego #GlobalGoals #SustainableDevelopment #UN75 #BalboaPark #Sustainability #California #USAForUN #UNDay #UNDay2020 #UNDay #

When many Americans began working from home during the pandemic, we were reminded of the therapeutic power of pets! Whet...
10/21/2020
Working From Home With Pets

When many Americans began working from home during the pandemic, we were reminded of the therapeutic power of pets! Whether your furry friend is keeping you company with cuddles, or keeping you busy interrupting virtual meetings, you can learn all about the history of our complicated relationship with pets in our “Living with Animals” exhibit!

Working from home ... with pets

This week, James Luna’s 1987 work, “The Artifact Piece,” was listed at #10 of T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s “25...
10/18/2020
The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II

This week, James Luna’s 1987 work, “The Artifact Piece,” was listed at #10 of T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II.”

Luna’s piece first debuted at the San Diego Museum of Man (now, the Museum of Us) in 1987 as a commentary on the objectification of Native Americans in museums: “I had long looked at representation of our peoples in museums and they all dwelled in the past…We were simply objects among bones, bones among objects, and then signed and sealed with a date. In that framework you really couldn't talk about joy, intelligence, humor, or anything that I know makes up our people.”

We’d like to take this moment to acknowledge the profound influence of the late James Luna, artist and citizen of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, on both our organization and nation. Today, our groundbreaking decolonizing efforts reflect many of the themes of his work. May this powerful piece, and the influence of James Luna’s work, continue to lift the voices of Indigenous cultures worldwide.

#MomentsThatMadeUs #JamesLuna #DecolonizeMuseums

Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact.

The Museum of Us stands with the American Alliance of Museums in their condemnation of a recently issued Presidential Ex...
10/16/2020
AAM Statement in Response to the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

The Museum of Us stands with the American Alliance of Museums in their condemnation of a recently issued Presidential Executive Order that stifles essential diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) training.

We, as an institution, are deeply committed to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. And, we understand that we cannot move forward to become a more equitable community and nation without acknowledging the systems that have historically inhibited progress, and that continue into the present-day.

We remain committed to our values and will continue to offer anti-racism education through our “Race: Are We So Different”?” exhibit and programs. For more detail, please follow the link to the full AAM statement:

Arlington, VA — On September 22, 2020, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The Executive Order (EO), among other things, bans …

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Very cool exhibit. Poignant.
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!