Thousands of visitors have experienced the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition since it opened at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. They walk through, linger here and there, talk with our volunteers and with each other.
Several hundred visitors have also shared their reactions, thoughts, and comments with us in writing. Their response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Visitors find many ways to express themselves, both on the topic of race and on the many entry points that the exhibition provides. They tell us that they are very glad to have an opportunity to learn more about race though science, history, and lived experience. They tell us how much they appreciate that the Smithsonian is hosting the exhibition and giving it such a wide audience. Many visitors write a lot, sometimes even filling both sides of a blank 4" x 6" notecard.
Most of all, they express diverse insights, points of view, and ways of engaging with a complex and often controversial topic.
These 25 cards (one of which is pictured at right) were written by visitors who came to the RACE exhibition in its first two weeks, June 18 through June 30.
Learn more about RACE: Are We So Different? at NMNH: http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/race/
David D. LaCroix, Programming and Volunteer Training Coordinator, Office of Education and Outreach