San Diego's Museum of Man changes name to "Museum of Us"

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 3rd, 2020 2:36 pm
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Last Updated Aug 4th, 2020 at 12:42 pm

The 100-year-old San Diego Museum of Man announced on Sunday that it has changed its name to the Museum of Us in an effort to "better reflect our values of equity, inclusion, and decolonization."

A "more inclusive name" was first discussed in 1991 and then reintroduced three years ago, according to a press release.

"We are extremely excited to have a name that reflects our commitment to being a place that truth-tells and challenges, but does so from a place of love," CEO Micah Parzen said in a statement.

The process to change the name of the museum took place more than two years and was "marked by extensive community involvement." The final selection of the new name was "driven from a gender based equity perspective."

"Changing our name corrects the exclusion of all who do not identify with the word Man, and welcomes folks to a place that's about 'All of Us' – which also happens to be our new tagline," museum trustee Nora Taylor Jaffe said.

The museum, which originated as an exhibit at the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, drew around 230,000 visitors each year prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Parzen's decision has cost the museum some longtime donors and sponsors who have criticized the name change as "politically correct" and accused him of attempting to rewriting history.


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