Google Arts & Culture

Have you wondered…

What’s on the Museum’s ornate façade? Who are the men depicted in the sculptures?

Why did the Museum of Us change its name?

What is structural racism, and how are museums involved and working to combat it in our society?

Look no further: The Museum of Us is on Google Arts & Culture.

Now, you can learn about the history of the Museum of Us right from your mobile or at-home device. Through historical images and thought-provoking content, five digital exhibits tell stories about the Museum’s history and name change, The colonial legacy of the nine men on the Museum’s facade, and the ways that race is connected to education, housing, and society at large.

The Google Arts & Culture platform is free and accessible to anyone with internet access. Navigate the links below to begin your journey in learning about the past, present, and future of the Museum of Us and world at large!

Colonial Legacy: the Museum’s Façade

The facade of the California Building, where the Museum of Us operates, is intricate, ornate, and some would say beautiful. However, the building’s facade also represents a complex history and has colonization etched into its skin…

Becoming "Us"

Join us as we examine the evolution of the “Museum of Us” name over time. You may be surprised to learn it’s not the only name change from the Museum’s history…

Race: Are We So Different?

Learn about the origins of race and racism, and how to deal with them in productive, enlightening ways. Most of what we think about race is based on myth, folklore, or assumptions unsupported by genetics or biology…

Race & Education

Race: Are We So Different?

Understand how racism has been, and currently is, embedded in systems of education…

Social Stratification

Race: Are We So Different?

How does social stratification intersect with race to create significant impacts on how we experience our lives?

Want more?

Check out our three Smithsonian Learning Labs for more digital content from the Museum of Us! The Smithsonian Learning Labs were developed to support learning and engagement. The three topics for these online exhibits are Indigenizing Science, Colonial Legacy of the Clippers, and Border Policy and its impact. Click here to learn more.