RACE: Are We So Different?


The RACE exhibit will help your students better understand the origins of the concept of race and manifestations of racism in everyday life by investigating the topic through the framework of science. RACE explores three primary themes:

  • The current scientific understanding of human variation and where that understanding is inconsistent with racial categories and explanations;
  • The history of the idea of race, with an emphasis on the role of science in establishing and naturalizing racial concepts;
  • The contemporary experience of race and racism in the United States, and the often-invisible ways racism has infiltrated our laws, customs, cultures, and institutions.

Explore the option of using state desegregation funds for a cultural site visit to this exhibit with the desegregation/diversity coordinator of your school district.

The Talking Circle Room
After touring the exhibit with your students, take advantage of a 45-minute facilitated group conversation in the style of a traditional Native American Talking Circle. This experience, with a trained facilitator, will increase the quantity and quality of dialogue about race that your students engage in. The room accommodates 35 people and a facilitator fee of $50 will be charged. Schools with 75% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch pay $25. Reservations can be made on weekdays at either 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m.

Special School Group Prices
RACE exhibit, Omnitheater, and 3D Cinema: $9.00 per person
RACE exhibit and Omnitheater: $7.50 per person
RACE exhibit and 3D Cinema: $7.00 per person
RACE exhibit only: $5.00 per person
Note: The museum admits up to two chaperones free for every 10 students.

Reduced Price Eligibility
Schools with 75% or more of their students approved for free and reduced-price meals (as cited by the Minnesota Department of Education) are eligible for the museum's Reduced Price Program. These schools may visit the RACE exhibit for $1 per student. The Reduced Price Program is available for the run of the exhibit.

For more information or to book your visit, call (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444, or visit our Field Trips webpage.

Teacher Resources

  • RACE: A Teacher's Guide
    Written by the American Anthropological Association as part of the RACE project
  • RACE Educator's Guide
    Written by the Science Museum of Minnesota for use with the exhibition; includes pre- and post-visit activities. It also provides examples of activities that can be used to focus students' attention while they tour the exhibit.

Tolerance Minnesota, a K–12 initiative formed to prevent prejudice in classroom and community, is a collaborating partner with the Science Museum. It offers pre-and post-visit educational resources and hands-on classroom instruction for teachers and students. www.toleranceminnesota.org

Facing RaceBuilding on its long track record of work in diversity and inclusiveness, The Saint Paul Foundation is launching an initiative called Facing Race We're All In This Together™. Facing Race is a multi-year campaign aimed at positively changing the nature of personal, organizational and institutional relationships and is focused on the Minnesota counties of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington. www.FacingRace.org


Race is so deeply embedded in our lives it appears to be the natural order of things. We must challenge that notion with all the power of our science and our society. - Yolanda Moses, anthropologist and chair, RACE project advisory board

www.understandingRACE.org - official website of the RACE: Are We So Different? project
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