RACE: Are We So Different?

Now Open

Take a cultural and scientific look at race throughout history and discover the many reasons we should celebrate our differences and embrace our shared histories (some of which will surprise you).

Everyday Experience of Race
Everyday Experience of Race

Explore social and personal experiences of race in familiar settings such as home and neighborhood, health and medicine, and education and schools. 

The Science of Human Variation
The Science of Human Variation

Scientifically, no one gene, or any set of genes, can support the idea of race. 

History of the Idea of Race
History of the Idea of Race

Race has not always existed. Sorting people by physical differences is a recent invention, only a few hundred years old. 

Talking about race isn’t easy. But that’s what over 4 million people have done.

We all know that people look different. Throughout history, those differences have been a source of strength, community and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.

And while those differences are socially and culturally real, contemporary scientific understanding of race and human variation is complex and may challenge how we think about it. RACE: Are We So Different? helps visitors understand what race is and what it is not. It gives them the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life.

Included with museum admission.