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

05/01/2021
Now Open! Balboa Park's Museum of Us

"Inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience."

Learn more about exhibits, admission, and Membership on Us at: museumofus.org

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs #BalboaPark

The sun is out and our doors are open! 🌸 Come visit the Museum of Us, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm....
04/30/2021

The sun is out and our doors are open! 🌸 Come visit the Museum of Us, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

📸: African-American Shakespeare Company | @aa_shakes

The sun is out and our doors are open! 🌸 Come visit the Museum of Us, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

📸: African-American Shakespeare Company | @aa_shakes

"Museums really should be for everybody and they should have content that reflects the experience of not just privileged...
04/25/2021
When Museum of Us reopens Wednesday, it will unveil more than a new name

"Museums really should be for everybody and they should have content that reflects the experience of not just privileged segments of the population."

Learn more about 'Membership On Us' and the reopening of the Museum from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Elimination of annual memberships, inclusive staffing part of Balboa Park venue's effort to attract the whole community

Meet your speakers! Introducing your third and final panelist, Rhonda Lee Grantham, founder of the Center for Indigenous...
04/23/2021

Meet your speakers! Introducing your third and final panelist, Rhonda Lee Grantham, founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery. Rhonda is an Indigenous Midwife & Herbalist from the Cowlitz Nation, a Salish-Sahaptian tribe of SW Washington that translates to “Seeker of the Medicine Spirit.”

For over two decades, she has been actively catching babies and supporting programs within tribal communities, both at home and globally. As the founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery & the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project; she is guided by her lens as a cultural anthropologist and Native woman, along with her passions for global health, family wellness and culturally-centered care.

She is honored to share stories, skills, and struggles in dedication of her organization’s mission; “Strengthening indigenous communities by honoring & reclaiming Indigenous midwifery care & family support.”

Rhonda will be joining us tomorrow(!), Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET), for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork.” Panelists will discuss the ways we can work together to rebuild trust in our own bodies and birthing practices through holistic and traditional culture-based practices.

Register for the free, virtual webinar here: https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg
#ReclaimingWellness #Birthwork #MuseumofUs

Meet your speakers! Introducing your third and final panelist, Rhonda Lee Grantham, founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery. Rhonda is an Indigenous Midwife & Herbalist from the Cowlitz Nation, a Salish-Sahaptian tribe of SW Washington that translates to “Seeker of the Medicine Spirit.”

For over two decades, she has been actively catching babies and supporting programs within tribal communities, both at home and globally. As the founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery & the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project; she is guided by her lens as a cultural anthropologist and Native woman, along with her passions for global health, family wellness and culturally-centered care.

She is honored to share stories, skills, and struggles in dedication of her organization’s mission; “Strengthening indigenous communities by honoring & reclaiming Indigenous midwifery care & family support.”

Rhonda will be joining us tomorrow(!), Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET), for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork.” Panelists will discuss the ways we can work together to rebuild trust in our own bodies and birthing practices through holistic and traditional culture-based practices.

Register for the free, virtual webinar here: https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg
#ReclaimingWellness #Birthwork #MuseumofUs

It’s simple. We believe a community should include ALL of us.That is why, starting tomorrow, for the price of one admiss...
04/21/2021

It’s simple. We believe a community should include ALL of us.

That is why, starting tomorrow, for the price of one admission ticket, you can opt-in to complimentary, year-long access and return as often as you like. It's Membership On Us.

As a part of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, we will provide equal access to all who join. We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive community that offers space for everyone’s story, regardless of background or financial status.

The Museum reopens tomorrow, and will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit museumofus.org/membership to learn more.

It’s simple. We believe a community should include ALL of us.

That is why, starting tomorrow, for the price of one admission ticket, you can opt-in to complimentary, year-long access and return as often as you like. It's Membership On Us.

As a part of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, we will provide equal access to all who join. We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive community that offers space for everyone’s story, regardless of background or financial status.

The Museum reopens tomorrow, and will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit museumofus.org/membership to learn more.

PostSecret Founder Frank Warren will be joining us on Opening Day! Will you?The Museum reopens on Wednesday, April 21st,...
04/15/2021
PostSecret Museum of Man Exhibit

PostSecret Founder Frank Warren will be joining us on Opening Day! Will you?

The Museum reopens on Wednesday, April 21st, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We'll be open every week Wednesday - Sunday. Visit our website to plan your visit: museumofus.org/covid-19-updates/

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. We partnered with the San Diego Museum of…

Meet your #ReclaimingWellness speakers! Introducing Rochelle Vincent (she/her).Rochelle is the owner and practitioner at...
04/13/2021

Meet your #ReclaimingWellness speakers! Introducing Rochelle Vincent (she/her).

Rochelle is the owner and practitioner at Lotus Birth & BodyWorks in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Certified Birth Doula and has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Public Health from St. Catherine University.

At Lotus Birth & BodyWorks, she practices as a Full Spectrum Birth and Bodyworker that aims to provide high quality, compassionate care, that centers the experiences of BIPOC folx.

Rochelle will be joining us on Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET) for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork,” where we will discuss the ways community-centered practices prioritize the integral wellness of child-bearers, children, and community—and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion today! https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg

Meet your #ReclaimingWellness speakers! Introducing Rochelle Vincent (she/her).

Rochelle is the owner and practitioner at Lotus Birth & BodyWorks in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Certified Birth Doula and has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Public Health from St. Catherine University.

At Lotus Birth & BodyWorks, she practices as a Full Spectrum Birth and Bodyworker that aims to provide high quality, compassionate care, that centers the experiences of BIPOC folx.

Rochelle will be joining us on Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET) for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork,” where we will discuss the ways community-centered practices prioritize the integral wellness of child-bearers, children, and community—and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion today! https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg

Meet your speakers! Introducing Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth Services. Tema is a Xicana homebirth Midwife in San Dieg...
04/07/2021

Meet your speakers! Introducing Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth Services. Tema is a Xicana homebirth Midwife in San Diego and Partera Profesional Certificada in Mexico, mother to six children, and a grandmother. She believes that birth work can change the world and has dedicated the last 10 years to birth and reproductive justice on the U.S. Mexico Border serving families on both sides of the border.

Tema will be joining us on Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET) for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork,” where we will discuss the ways community-centered practices prioritize the integral wellness of child-bearers, children, and community—and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion here: https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg

Meet your speakers! Introducing Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth Services. Tema is a Xicana homebirth Midwife in San Diego and Partera Profesional Certificada in Mexico, mother to six children, and a grandmother. She believes that birth work can change the world and has dedicated the last 10 years to birth and reproductive justice on the U.S. Mexico Border serving families on both sides of the border.

Tema will be joining us on Friday, April 23rd at 4:00PM (PT) / 7:00PM (ET) for “Reclaiming Wellness: Birthwork,” where we will discuss the ways community-centered practices prioritize the integral wellness of child-bearers, children, and community—and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion here: https://bit.ly/3wBGyyg

Have you heard the news? The Museum of Us reopens Wednesday, April 21st! We have lots of exciting announcements coming s...
04/06/2021
Balboa Park museums are about to reopen. Here's what you can expect

Have you heard the news? The Museum of Us reopens Wednesday, April 21st! We have lots of exciting announcements coming soon. Be sure to stay tuned and subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates!

After a year of false starts, museum leaders are hoping this time is the last time they endure a COVID-19-related closure

What do we ALL have in common? Something that connects all 100+ billion people who have ever lived on Earth? The birthin...
04/02/2021

What do we ALL have in common? Something that connects all 100+ billion people who have ever lived on Earth?

The birthing experience! Through one way or another, we were all brought into this world through the process of birth. So why is a process that is so common, so innately human, also so often left out of public discussions? Why is an experience as diverse as the human population often presented so homogeneously in western culture, media, and medicine? And how might this perpetuate harm and institutional racism?

Let's talk about it. Join us for a conversation with holistic birth-care panelists about the process of birthing beyond hospital walls. Panelists will discuss community-based models of care and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion held at 4:00 PM (PT) on Friday, April 23rd here: https://bit.ly/3dq1bEB

#ReclaimingWellness #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

What do we ALL have in common? Something that connects all 100+ billion people who have ever lived on Earth?

The birthing experience! Through one way or another, we were all brought into this world through the process of birth. So why is a process that is so common, so innately human, also so often left out of public discussions? Why is an experience as diverse as the human population often presented so homogeneously in western culture, media, and medicine? And how might this perpetuate harm and institutional racism?

Let's talk about it. Join us for a conversation with holistic birth-care panelists about the process of birthing beyond hospital walls. Panelists will discuss community-based models of care and the colonial harm they counter.

Register for this free, virtual discussion held at 4:00 PM (PT) on Friday, April 23rd here: https://bit.ly/3dq1bEB

#ReclaimingWellness #WhatMakesUs #MuseumofUs

03/28/2021

Reminder: #ImmigrantsAreEssential

Just over one year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, bringing travel to a screeching halt and sending ...
03/27/2021
‘View From My Window’ Celebrates One Year Of Sharing Views Around The World

Just over one year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, bringing travel to a screeching halt and sending millions of people to quarantine indoors. While many of our worlds shrunk in size, a new community grew online as a means of staying connected.

The Facebook group, ‘View From My Window,’ has amassed a following of over 2 million people and offers a new perspective on life all around the globe:

Two million members of this Facebook group have experienced the pandemic through the views from each other's windows.

Stopping #AAPI hate requires a comprehensive and intersectional approach. Luckily, the San Diego API Coalition and Pacif...
03/27/2021
Resources for Asian Pacific Islander communities — Pacific Arts Movement

Stopping #AAPI hate requires a comprehensive and intersectional approach. Luckily, the San Diego API Coalition and Pacific Arts Movement have compiled a list of resources for our community. Take a look:

Email [email protected] to submit resources. Reporting hate crimes Stop AAPI Hate Stand Against Hatred- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Mental health resources It’s Up...

Changing our name from the Museum of Man to the Museum of Us is just one step we took towards achieving gender equity. T...
03/26/2021
Take Action for Women's History Month– Impactree.com

Changing our name from the Museum of Man to the Museum of Us is just one step we took towards achieving gender equity. This #WomensHistoryMonth, our friends at Impactree have made it easy for you to take action too. Visit the link below to check out their Action Hub and learn how we can work towards a future free from gender discrimination!

Join us this Women's History Month to take action in celebrating and empowering women across the world. We can all do our part to drive positive change!

It’s happening! The Museum of Us is officially reopening on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.We couldn’t be more excited to w...
03/20/2021

It’s happening! The Museum of Us is officially reopening on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back. Staff have been hard at work to ensure your return to the Museum is as safe as possible. We will be operating at 25% capacity and have implemented a variety of new safety measures.

Visit our website and ‘COVID-19 Updates’ page to learn more about our new reopening guidelines and the exciting updates to come: https://linktr.ee/museumofus

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs

It’s happening! The Museum of Us is officially reopening on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back. Staff have been hard at work to ensure your return to the Museum is as safe as possible. We will be operating at 25% capacity and have implemented a variety of new safety measures.

Visit our website and ‘COVID-19 Updates’ page to learn more about our new reopening guidelines and the exciting updates to come: https://linktr.ee/museumofus

#MuseumofUs #AllofUs

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? ☀️📸: Zia Hance / Balboa Park
03/18/2021

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? ☀️

📸: Zia Hance / Balboa Park

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? ☀️

📸: Zia Hance / Balboa Park

#StopAsianHate #ProtectAsianLives Learn more about anti-Asian racism and xenophobia, and how you can help counter it, in...
03/17/2021

#StopAsianHate #ProtectAsianLives

Learn more about anti-Asian racism and xenophobia, and how you can help counter it, in the comments below.

#StopAsianHate #ProtectAsianLives

Learn more about anti-Asian racism and xenophobia, and how you can help counter it, in the comments below.

March is #WomensHistoryMonth! From women’s suffrage to civil rights, women have played a critical role in creating a mor...
03/15/2021
Digital Exhibits | Women's Museum of California

March is #WomensHistoryMonth! From women’s suffrage to civil rights, women have played a critical role in creating a more equitable and just society for #allofus. You can learn more by exploring a variety of digital exhibits by the Women's Museum of California here:

Explore the Women's Museum of California's digital exhibits.

“In decoding these gender relations of the past, I have begun to think differently about the present,” writes María Fern...
03/14/2021
What Ancient Gender Fluidity Taught Me About Modern Patriarchy

“In decoding these gender relations of the past, I have begun to think differently about the present,” writes María Fernanda Ugalde for SAPIENS.

Nonbinary genders and male hierarchy as expressed in Ecuadorian clay sculptures led one archaeologist to see biases in her modern life with fresh eyes.

Until we can travel again, sending love from sunny San Diego. ☀️❤️📸: Seaside Papery Coronado & Slightly Stationery
03/13/2021

Until we can travel again, sending love from sunny San Diego. ☀️❤️

📸: Seaside Papery Coronado & Slightly Stationery

Until we can travel again, sending love from sunny San Diego. ☀️❤️

📸: Seaside Papery Coronado & Slightly Stationery

Learn how the Museum of Us uses purpose-driven board leadership to bring about organizational transformation in this art...
03/11/2021
The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership (SSIR)

Learn how the Museum of Us uses purpose-driven board leadership to bring about organizational transformation in this article by BoardSource CEO Anne Wallestad! ⤵️

While the traditional board puts the organization at the center of its sphere of influence, “purpose before organization” moves the organization away from the center, re-focusing on purpose and the question of how it can best steward its resources in service of that purpose.

Today is International Women's Day! A day to celebrate the progress and achievements of all women, and call for the end ...
03/08/2021
Generation Equality Rising

Today is International Women's Day! A day to celebrate the progress and achievements of all women, and call for the end of gender inequality.

Click the link below to read stories of changemakers who are fighting for an equal future, get inspired and see how you can be part of the change. #GenerationEquality #IWD2021

Source: UNA USA San Diego Chapter via UN Women

Meet the activists fighting for gender equality.

Recognizing that racism is a public health crisis "is essential to this county's full and equal recovery," says Norma Ch...
03/07/2021
San Diego County Supervisors Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis

Recognizing that racism is a public health crisis "is essential to this county's full and equal recovery," says Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that declares racism a public health crisis.

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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!