THE HEALTH MUSEUM PRESENTS RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?
Explore the reality and unreality of race and racism through history, science and lived experiences in this interactive, socially impactful exhibit
Race and racism. The words alone can conjure up some of the strongest emotions, both positive and negative, in everyone, regardless of age, race or gender. Beginning Oct. 15, The Health Museum will approach these social issues from a scientific standpoint with the Houston premiere of the exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different? locally sponsored by Fiesta Mart, Inc.
The RACE exhibit will encourage museum visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday impact of race as well as the realities and unrealities of race and racism. The exhibit was designed to be a hands-on science learning experience that appeals to all ages, and to begin the thinking, and talking about important social issues and how science plays a role. RACE is a project of the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota.
The Health Museum has also assembled an advisory committee made up of influential industry and community leaders to help extend the impact of this exhibit in the Houston area. The committee’s focus has been on public programs and strengthening the museum’s outreach on a broader level. The chair of the committee, Dr. Janis Hutchinson, PhD. M.P.H., Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston, was personally involved in the original development of the exhibit, and remains on the National Advisory Committee.
“RACE gives visitors the opportunity to explore the idea of race and issues of racism and participate in important discussions in a supportive setting,” said Jon Iszard, President and CEO of The Health Museum. “The science-based approach of this exhibit really challenges visitors to see these issues from a perspective they may not have previously considered, and if we can achieve that, we are making progress as a community and The Health Museum is proud to be a part of that.”
Additionally, with the support of Fiesta Mart, Inc., this fall, during Free Family Thursday (2- 5 p.m.), when general admission to the museum is free to visitors, the first 5,000 visitors will have the opportunity to also experience the RACE exhibit at no cost as well.
The RACE exhibit addresses the topics of race and racism from three different perspectives. The three sections are interwoven and tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact.
Science: In this section of the exhibit, visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any
other living species, and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race.
History: Ideas about race have been around for hundreds of years, and they have changed over time. This section of RACE demonstrates that, throughout American history, economic interests, popular culture, science, politics and the struggle for power have played a role in shaping our understanding of race.
Everyday experience: Though race may not be a real biological concept, it certainly is real both socially and culturally. In this section of the exhibit, visitors will explore the personal experiences of race in our schools, neighborhoods, health care systems, sports and entertainment industries, and more.
To enhance and extend the experience of RACE: Are We So Different?, the museum has created public programming events and discussions for visitors of all ages such as Circle Talks, essay contests, lecture series and family-focused activities. Following are details of the programming.
Visit www.thehealthmuseum.org/race for more information about these and other developing public programs.
Tickets: Admission to The Health Museum is $6 for children ages 3-11, and seniors, 65 and over, and $8 for adults ages 12-64.
Admission to RACE is an additional $2 for all students and $4 for adults. All children ages 2 and under are free. Tickets are available online at www.thehealthmuseum.org/race. Discounts can only be redeemed at the museum ticket desk. Group discount rates and school field trip information are available by calling 713-521-1515, ext. 335. For information about the museum or its programs, please call 713-521-1515
Hours: The Health Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
ABOUT THE HEALTH MUSEUM
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District at 1515 Hermann Drive Houston, TX 77004. Recent additions to the museum include You: The Exhibit, a highly interactive look at the physical, psychological and future you, and the McGovern 4D Theater, Houston’s first 4D theater, where 3D films and environmental effects like wind, rain and fog to create a memorable experience.
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is an interactive and entertaining science experience for all ages that promotes understanding and appreciation of the human body, mind and spirit and inspires a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.