Education at the Museum of Man consists of activities, classes,
tours and special events that are motivated by curiosity and
exploration, recognizing that each visitor is in a unique, individual
place in his or her knowledge about any particular subject.
As an anthropology
museum with a mission to gain and disseminate knowledge of human
bicultural development for a broad and diverse audience, exhibit
subjects integrate science and the arts, crafts, cultures, languages,
religions and histories of peoples past and present.
magnificent environment that supports and seeks to nurture life-long
learning for every visitor, the Museum of Man's permanent exhibits
in both cultural and physical anthropology subjects serve the
needs of social science and science teachers and their students.
For example, as they work on State Standards about Ancient Civilizations
in Grade Six, students can experience much about the Ancient Egyptians'
view of life and death by viewing the Museum's collection of tomb
art, mummy cases, and burial artifacts. In workshops and guided
tours offered by staff and Docents, students can touch artifact
reproductions, view x-rays of an Egyptian mummy, and learn about
the scientific aspects of mummification. Before students delve
into study of Egypt, however, they are expected to "describe
what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical
and cultural development of humankind . . ." Hence, a visit
to the Museum's Footsteps Through Time exhibit can serve
as the foundation for an entire year's studies of Ancient Civilizations.
Footsteps highlights scientific discoveries that shape our knowledge
about human biological evolution, as well as introduces the subject
of culture while exploring the question "What makes us human?"
science education activities planned around the Footsteps Through
Time exhibit have included two "Meet the Scientists"
Nights. In February, Dr. Margaret Schoeninger, professor of anthropology
from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), was our
guest who met with a small but enthusiastic group of visitors.
In September, more than 200 guests joined the up-close-and-personal
fun. Dr. Donald Johanson was featured, along with Dr. James Moore,
professor of anthropology from UCSD, Dr. Madeleine Hinkes, forensic
anthropologist from Mesa College, Laura Meldrum from the Society
of Women Engineers, staff curators of physical anthropology Rose
Tyson and Tori Heflin, and staff anthropologist/educators Amy
Whitman and Trisha Biers. Visitors were able to touch replica
skulls, bones and tools, and learn lots with the one-on-one meetings
with the scientists. TEST