The following general information about the San Diego Museum of Man is provided for our colleagues and partners in the media.
Chief Executive Officer, Micah Parzen, Ph.D., J.D.
The San Diego Museum of Man seeks to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience.
About the Museum
Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum of Man is a cultural anthropology museum that explores the human experience from multicultural perspectives to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections.
During your visit, you’ll explore a variety of unique, interactive exhibits that cover a vast range of human history and culture.
The California Building
Located on the traditional homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation in the heart of Balboa Park, the California Building–home to the San Diego Museum of Man–was constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It was designed by noted architect Bertram Goodhue as a design hybrid, blending Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo details to present a unique Spanish-Colonial façade. The building is included in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the California Quadrangle, the complex made up of the California Building and the Mission-style building it connects with across the plaza, which houses the St. Francis Chapel.
At the time of construction, the men depicted on the building’s façade were celebrated for their influence and impact in the shaping of California. Today, we recognize these men participated in the colonization of California that resulted in genocide and the forced assimilation of Indigenous communities across California. Through all of this, Indigenous peoples stayed resilient and maintained their cultural vitality, traditional lifeways, and spirituality into present-day California.
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