San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego, United States

San Diego Museum of Man


The Museum of Us (formerly known as the San Diego Museum of Man) is a museum of anthropology located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California and housed in the historic landmark buildings of the California Quadrangle.

The museum traces its origins to the Panama-California Exposition, which opened in 1915 on the inauguration of the Panama Canal. The central exhibit of the exposition, "The Story of Man through the Ages", was assembled under archaeologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett of the School of American Archaeology (later renamed the School of American Research, and since 2007 the School for Advanced Research). Hewett organized expeditions to gather pre-Columbian pottery from the American Southwest and to Guatemala for objects and reproductions of Maya civilization monuments.

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