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

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

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🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨 Today, Laura Rosado (she/her/ella) is taking over our Instagram story to introduce herself an...
07/29/2021

🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨 Today, Laura Rosado (she/her/ella) is taking over our Instagram story to introduce herself and her work to you! Like Jacob and Shahad, Laura is one of our three talented Smithsonian Affiliations Digital Learning & Engagement Interns who have been working in our Decolonizing Initiatives Department at the Museum of Us.

Learn more about Laura and what she is doing at the Museum of Us, and head over to our Instagram story (@museumofallofus) to start asking questions for her to answer.

#SmithsonianAffiliate #InternTakeover #MuseumofUs

Meet Cudi! Cudi is a Service Animal that sometimes comes to work with his human here at the Museum of Us.The American wi...
07/27/2021

Meet Cudi! Cudi is a Service Animal that sometimes comes to work with his human here at the Museum of Us.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), defines a Service Animal as:


“Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medication, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

Service Animals have public access rights, but Emotional Support Animals do not. If it is not obvious the dog is a service animal, staff at a business or institution are permitted to ask a person with a Service Dog two questions:

1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

It is important to remember that not all disabilities are visible, and it is not appropriate to ask a person about their disability or why they have a service dog. It is illegal for a business to ask what the person’s disability is.


Some best practices when interacting with a person with a service dog include:

🦮 Speak to the person, not the dog.
🐕‍🦺 Do not distract a service dog in any way, let the dog focus on their person.
🦮 Give them space.

🐕‍🦺 Do not take photos

For more information, visit ADA.gov or you can call 800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).

#MuseumofUs #DisabilityPrideMonth #ServiceDog #LivingWithAnimals

[ID: A black and tan corgi wearing a blue vest with patches that say do not pet and give us space patches sits on the steps in front of the Museum of Us sign.]

Meet Cudi! Cudi is a Service Animal that sometimes comes to work with his human here at the Museum of Us.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), defines a Service Animal as:


“Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medication, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

Service Animals have public access rights, but Emotional Support Animals do not. If it is not obvious the dog is a service animal, staff at a business or institution are permitted to ask a person with a Service Dog two questions:

1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

It is important to remember that not all disabilities are visible, and it is not appropriate to ask a person about their disability or why they have a service dog. It is illegal for a business to ask what the person’s disability is.


Some best practices when interacting with a person with a service dog include:

🦮 Speak to the person, not the dog.
🐕‍🦺 Do not distract a service dog in any way, let the dog focus on their person.
🦮 Give them space.

🐕‍🦺 Do not take photos

For more information, visit ADA.gov or you can call 800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).

#MuseumofUs #DisabilityPrideMonth #ServiceDog #LivingWithAnimals

[ID: A black and tan corgi wearing a blue vest with patches that say do not pet and give us space patches sits on the steps in front of the Museum of Us sign.]

🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨Tomorrow, Shahad Salman (she/her) will be taking over our Instagram story to introduce herself...
07/26/2021

🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨Tomorrow, Shahad Salman (she/her) will be taking over our Instagram story to introduce herself and her work to you! Like Jacob, Shahad is one of our three talented Smithsonian Affiliates Digital Learning & Engagement Interns who have been working in our Decolonizing Initiatives Department at the Museum of Us.

Learn more about Shahad and what she is doing at the Museum of Us, and head over to our Instagram story (@museumofallofus) to start asking questions for her to answer tomorrow (Tuesday, July 27th)!

#SmithsonianAffiliate #InternTakeover #MuseumofUs

Meet Melanie. She is much more than meets the eye: College basketball fan. Concert-goer. Community volunteer.Melanie is ...
07/25/2021

Meet Melanie. She is much more than meets the eye: College basketball fan. Concert-goer. Community volunteer.

Melanie is more than one thing, and you are too. Get to know Melanie while exploring your own identity with “Boxhibits,” on sale now in the Museum of Us online store: museumofus.org/shop/

Includes year-long membership to the Museum of Us. Available for shipping worldwide, or for pickup in the lobby (Wednesday - Sunday). #IAmMoreThanOneThing #MuseumofUs #Boxhibits

Meet Melanie. She is much more than meets the eye: College basketball fan. Concert-goer. Community volunteer.

Melanie is more than one thing, and you are too. Get to know Melanie while exploring your own identity with “Boxhibits,” on sale now in the Museum of Us online store: museumofus.org/shop/

Includes year-long membership to the Museum of Us. Available for shipping worldwide, or for pickup in the lobby (Wednesday - Sunday). #IAmMoreThanOneThing #MuseumofUs #Boxhibits

#PrideMonth continues in San Diego as the Summer Olympic Games begin. Meet the 163 openly LGBTQ+ athletes who will be co...
07/23/2021
At least 163 out LGBTQ athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, a record by far

#PrideMonth continues in San Diego as the Summer Olympic Games begin. Meet the 163 openly LGBTQ+ athletes who will be competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

#Pride2021 #PrideMonth2021 #TokyoOlympics #Tokyo2020

There will be more out LGBTQ athletes in Tokyo than all the previous Summer Olympics combined. Here’s the list.

🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨 Tomorrow, Jacob Pribilsky (he/him) will be taking over our Instagram stories to introduce him...
07/22/2021

🚨 Intern Takeover Alert! 🚨 Tomorrow, Jacob Pribilsky (he/him) will be taking over our Instagram stories to introduce himself and his work to you! Jacob is one of our three talented Smithsonian Affiliations Digital Learning & Engagement Interns who have been working in our Decolonizing Initiatives Department at the Museum of Us.

Learn more about Jacob and what he is doing at the Museum of Us, and head over to our Instagram story (@museumofallofus) to start asking questions for him to answer tomorrow (Friday, July 23rd)!

#SmithsonianAffiliate #InternTakeOver #MuseumofUs

Come join “Us!” The Museum of Us is now hiring. Visit the link below to learn more about these full-time positions’ resp...
07/21/2021

Come join “Us!” The Museum of Us is now hiring. Visit the link below to learn more about these full-time positions’ responsibilities, qualifications, and benefits – including hourly pay rates and annual salaries.

museumofus.org/employment

Join a team that aims to be part of the solution. Our hiring practices are rooted in an approach driven by a focus on equitability and sustainability. #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

Come join “Us!” The Museum of Us is now hiring. Visit the link below to learn more about these full-time positions’ responsibilities, qualifications, and benefits – including hourly pay rates and annual salaries.

museumofus.org/employment

Join a team that aims to be part of the solution. Our hiring practices are rooted in an approach driven by a focus on equitability and sustainability. #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

07/20/2021
Introducing "Boxhibit: Identity" - Available Now!

What makes you, you? With the new “Identity” Boxhibit, you can explore the evolution and complexities of your identity while meeting new people along the way. Enjoy wearable art from local artist Mary Juhn, while creating your own art to share!

“Boxhibits” are on sale now in the Museum of Us online store for $50.00, and includes year-long membership! Order yours now, available for shipping worldwide or local pickup: www.museumofus.org/shop/

#IAmMoreThanOneThing

We asked, you answered. Now, you can bring the visually rich and thought-provoking content of the Museum of Us right to ...
07/16/2021

We asked, you answered. Now, you can bring the visually rich and thought-provoking content of the Museum of Us right to your home with our latest, interactive product: Boxhibits!

Available now for $50.00 in our online store - includes year-long membership to the Museum of Us. Available for shipping worldwide, or local pickup: museumofus.org/shop/

#IAmMoreThanOneThing

July is #DisabilityPrideMonth! It is a time to honor each person's uniqueness and accept disabilities as a natural part ...
07/12/2021

July is #DisabilityPrideMonth! It is a time to honor each person's uniqueness and accept disabilities as a natural part of human diversity. It is also a time to push back against systemic ableism and the stigmatization of people with disabilities.

In this article, Easterseals breaks down some common myths about living with disabilities: https://bit.ly/3wBaCbR

July is #DisabilityPrideMonth! It is a time to honor each person's uniqueness and accept disabilities as a natural part of human diversity. It is also a time to push back against systemic ableism and the stigmatization of people with disabilities.

In this article, Easterseals breaks down some common myths about living with disabilities: https://bit.ly/3wBaCbR

Have you visited the Museum of Us since we’ve reopened? In the Museum’s rotunda, you can explore a timeline of the evolu...
07/11/2021

Have you visited the Museum of Us since we’ve reopened? In the Museum’s rotunda, you can explore a timeline of the evolution of the Museum’s name, and view the historic wooden sign that welcomed visitors for decades!

Visit museumofus.org/allaboutus/ to learn more about the installation that is on view now, both digitally and in the Museum.

Have you visited the Museum of Us since we’ve reopened? In the Museum’s rotunda, you can explore a timeline of the evolution of the Museum’s name, and view the historic wooden sign that welcomed visitors for decades!

Visit museumofus.org/allaboutus/ to learn more about the installation that is on view now, both digitally and in the Museum.

Did you know scientists are unable to determine a person’s race by looking at their DNA? Although DNA can help trace geo...
07/10/2021

Did you know scientists are unable to determine a person’s race by looking at their DNA? Although DNA can help trace geographic ancestry, there are no qualitative genetic differences between perceived races! That means us humans are more genetically similar than different.

📚 Source: understandingrace.org

Did you know scientists are unable to determine a person’s race by looking at their DNA? Although DNA can help trace geographic ancestry, there are no qualitative genetic differences between perceived races! That means us humans are more genetically similar than different.

📚 Source: understandingrace.org

Balboa Park is bringing you education and entertainment all summer long! ☀️Share your love for Balboa Park for a chance ...
07/08/2021

Balboa Park is bringing you education and entertainment all summer long! ☀️

Share your love for Balboa Park for a chance to win fun prizes by using the hashtag #MyBalboaPark. Visit mybalboapark.org to learn more about the categories you can participate in, including #ForThePeople and #AllintheFamily, and view the exciting prizes available!

📸 Image by @kid.friendly.fun on Instagram

Balboa Park is bringing you education and entertainment all summer long! ☀️

Share your love for Balboa Park for a chance to win fun prizes by using the hashtag #MyBalboaPark. Visit mybalboapark.org to learn more about the categories you can participate in, including #ForThePeople and #AllintheFamily, and view the exciting prizes available!

📸 Image by @kid.friendly.fun on Instagram

Not only is Randall Goosby a talented young violinist, but he is also an advocate for diversity in classical music. Meet...
07/06/2021
For a Major Debut, a Young Violinist Gets Personal

Not only is Randall Goosby a talented young violinist, but he is also an advocate for diversity in classical music. Meet the barrier-breaking artist and his debut album "Roots," a celebration of the music of Black composers as well as those inspired by African American culture.

Randall Goosby’s first album, “Roots,” is a survey of music by Black composers that includes several premiere recordings.

As a reminder, the Museum of Us will be open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We continue to...
07/03/2021

As a reminder, the Museum of Us will be open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We continue to require the use of masks during your visit. We are closed regularly on Mondays & Tuesdays, and will also be closed on Wednesday, July 7th.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping the Museum of Us safe and open for all! Book your tickets online in advance: https://bit.ly/3wUAK2f

As a reminder, the Museum of Us will be open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We continue to require the use of masks during your visit. We are closed regularly on Mondays & Tuesdays, and will also be closed on Wednesday, July 7th.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping the Museum of Us safe and open for all! Book your tickets online in advance: https://bit.ly/3wUAK2f

Director of Decolonizing Initiatives Brandie Macdonald joins PilialohaNow for a thought-provoking conversation on our sh...
07/02/2021
Welcome to Episode 2 'Culture of Repair' Series with Brandie Macdonald (Chikasaw Nation/Choctaw Nation, she/her/they), Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us, which resides on the unceded ancestral homeland of Kumeyaay peoples...

Director of Decolonizing Initiatives Brandie Macdonald joins PilialohaNow for a thought-provoking conversation on our shared past, present, and future. Tune in! 🎙

Be inspired by her transformative anti-colonial/decolonial theory and practice in museums which centers around truth-telling, accountability, and actionable change to redress colonial impact, structural racism, and inequity.

Sending a big thank you to the Nissan Foundation for awarding the Museum of Us a grant to fund virtual race workshops of...
06/30/2021

Sending a big thank you to the Nissan Foundation for awarding the Museum of Us a grant to fund virtual race workshops offered to high school and community college students throughout San Diego County!

Through these workshops, students will learn about the history of race, how science was used to create laws and societal norms that enforced racial discrimination, and how to become anti-racists in their communities.

The Museum of Us is one of 28 nonprofit organizations awarded funding from the Nissan Foundation in support of unique cultural and racial diversity programming. You can learn more about the Nissan Foundation and other 2021 grantees at: nissanusa.com/about/community-relations.html

Sending a big thank you to the Nissan Foundation for awarding the Museum of Us a grant to fund virtual race workshops offered to high school and community college students throughout San Diego County!

Through these workshops, students will learn about the history of race, how science was used to create laws and societal norms that enforced racial discrimination, and how to become anti-racists in their communities.

The Museum of Us is one of 28 nonprofit organizations awarded funding from the Nissan Foundation in support of unique cultural and racial diversity programming. You can learn more about the Nissan Foundation and other 2021 grantees at: nissanusa.com/about/community-relations.html

Six years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that #LoveWins, legalizing same-s*x marriage in all fifty states. Si...
06/26/2021

Six years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that #LoveWins, legalizing same-s*x marriage in all fifty states. Six years later, we celebrate this momentous day in LGBTQ+ and American history and call for a passing of the #EqualityAct - federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of s*x, s*xual orientation and gender identity.

Six years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that #LoveWins, legalizing same-s*x marriage in all fifty states. Six years later, we celebrate this momentous day in LGBTQ+ and American history and call for a passing of the #EqualityAct - federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of s*x, s*xual orientation and gender identity.

Real secrets, shared publicly. 💌Our PostSecret exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm! Visit museumo...
06/25/2021

Real secrets, shared publicly. 💌

Our PostSecret exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm! Visit museumofus.org/tickets to plan your visit.

Real secrets, shared publicly. 💌

Our PostSecret exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm! Visit museumofus.org/tickets to plan your visit.

“The residential school system was just one tool in a broader plan of ‘aggressive assimilation’ and colonization of Indi...
06/24/2021
History of Residential Schools

“The residential school system was just one tool in a broader plan of ‘aggressive assimilation’ and colonization of Indigenous Peoples and territories in Canada.” - Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.

Learn the history of Canada’s Residential Schools, as told by “Indigenous perspectives much older than the nation itself."

Residential schools operated in Canada for more than 160 years, with upwards of 150,000 children passing through their doors. Every province and territory, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, was home to the federally funded, church-run schools. The last schoo...

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Journalist La Carmina features The Museum of Us in this new article with lots of photos, links and recommendations. I hope you enjoy! The URL is: https://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2021/06/san-diego-gothic-travel-andaz-hotel-rooftop-japanese-sushi/ Please feel free to share !
I came from out of state, and went for the Postsecret exhibition. The exhibit was great - I loved it. However, I feel like for an educational facility, renaming from the ‘Museum of Man’ to ‘Museum of Us’, is an insult to people who are ignorant of this usage of the word man. Instead of trying to pander to the smooth brain simpleton, and making the name more, “woke”, there should have been more effort in educating individuals on what the name actually meant.
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?