The “Race: Are We So Different?” Exhibit Reframe

Nov 11, 2022


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An image inside the "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit featuring a life-sized group portraits of diverse people on the left, and various tables and museum signage, one depicting a large image of a white children's doll, on the right.

Our exhibit, Race: Are We So Different?, first went on view at the Museum of Us in 2011 as a traveling exhibition developed by the American Anthropological Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota. In 2015, the Museum acquired the exhibition as a core offering to engage our visitors and local school and community groups in feeling, thinking, acting, and reflecting on race and identity.

Today this exhibit is in the midst of a multi-year project to rework and update its content to better reflect the San Diego region and the current national dialogue on race. This effort will be led by a Race Advisory Committee, a group of individuals with a wide variety of lived experience with race and identity. The committee includes academics, educators, and most importantly, people who are directly impacted by the work. Stay tuned for the next steps of this community-driven project!

The "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibition project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museums & Library Services (MA-249265-OMS-21).