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A Museum for All of Us

The Museum of Us is a place for the diverse stories that define us—especially those that have long been overlooked or silenced by dominant cultural narratives. Our mission is to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience, and support guests in becoming agents of positive change.

Our Values

Located on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Kumeyaay Peoples, in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the Museum’s complex history and colonial roots mean that we have a responsibility to elevate community voices. Our mission, exhibitions, and initiatives are driven by our core values of equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and decolonization.

For a better understanding of our commitment to these values, read and download our full Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion (DEAI) Statement here and learn more about Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum.

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A place for community voice

The Museum of Us is a place for many voices, not the traditional authoritative academic “museum voice” we are so accustomed to.

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A place which finds the universal in the particular

At their core, our offerings illustrate the intersection of our shared human experience. Exhibits such as Hostile Terrain 94, Living with Animals, and PostSecret examine universal themes that connect humans across time and cultures.

A note handwritten on a green piece of paper titled "Happy Note." The handwritten note reads, "Seven billion people experienced today in a different way."

A place for immersive and interactive experiences

Our immersive exhibit experiences create active and sensory-exciting encounters where people can be expressive about personal, cultural, and societal topics. Visitors are invited – and encouraged – to leave their mark on the Museum of Us by engaging with exhibit interactives that call for reflection and sharing.

The Museum of Us "Living With Animals" exhibit entrance depicting an eclectic and colorful living room with a fake deer head mounted on the wall.

The Museum of Us recognizes that it sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay peoples who have lived here for millennia.

The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Affiliations & Memberships:San Diego Museum Council logoCharity Navigator Four Star Charity logoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership Collaborative for Arts, Science and Culture logoAmerican Alliance of Museums logoSmithsonian Affiliate logoInternational Coalition of Sites of Conscience logo
Financial support provided by:San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture logo
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