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San Diego Museum Of Man In Balboa Park Wants Your Help Deciding New Name

San Diego Museum of Man's main entrance in Balboa Park, July 27, 2018.

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Above: San Diego Museum of Man's main entrance in Balboa Park, July 27, 2018.

Museum Of Man Wants Your Help With New Name


Ben Garcia, deputy director, Museum of Man


After 70 years as the San Diego Museum of Man, the building at the entrance to Balboa park is looking for a new name.

Through a survey the museum is asking people to give feedback on five different names. They are: The Museum of Humankind, The Human Experience, The Museum of Many, The We and ONE.

Museum of Man staff said they are searching for a name that is more inclusive. According to a news release, the new name will embody the museum's "mission of inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience."

Reported by Kris Arciaga

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Despite a campaign to change the name, some museum visitors think the original should stay.

Tufik from Phoenix, who did not want to share his last name, has visited the Museum of Man twice, and thinks the original name is historic.

"I understand some of those names but I don’t know — I don’t really see a strong need to change it," Tufik said. "I’m not big into change. Once something is the way it is and it’s branded it’s easier to maintain a history.”

But one tourist from Europe said he thought the museum was literally just about males.

"When I was there I thought it’s only for men," Intan Devreies said. "In the Dutch language, "man" means man not humankind."

A spokeswoman for the Museum of Man said a new name will not be unveiled until 2020.

The museum said after having the same name for 70 years, it is looking for a new one that reflects the "values of inclusivity, equity and love."


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