Essential Pittsburgh
2:22 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Explores Race: Are We So Different?

Credit Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Race: Are We So Different? is one of the current exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The touring exhibition examines the history of how race has been defined and its impact on our lives.

Cecile Shellman, communications and community specialist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said the exhibit’s long term goal is to be an “awareness building campaign, and to stamp out racism.”

“It’s just a taboo subject for some people," Shellman said. 

"Some people may lack the skills or the interest or the vocabulary or the courage to talk about race. And this exhibition really does invite people in overt and unconscious ways to talk about race. I think across the board, all of the other venues and here at the museum, we realize we’re actually helping people by encouraging that openness.”

The exhibit includes multimedia interactions, historic artifacts, and photographs to guide visitors to examine race and racism in the United States. Tours of the Race: Are We So Different exhibit will take place Saturday and Sunday at both 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The tours will also stop at relevant exhibits on race throughout the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.