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San Diego's Museum of Man mulls new name

Posted at 8:55 AM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-28 12:13:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's Museum of Man has started its search for a new name, which it is set to adopt in 2020.

The museum announced this week it had started the process of renaming the historic Balboa Park institution after 70 years as the "Museum of Man."

Shannon Fowler, the museum's director of marketing and communications, said the name will reflect "inclusivity, equity, and love."

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"Our current name served us for 70 years, and now it is time to select a new name that better reflects our values ... better describes all the people we serve and the stories we want to tell and fully embodies our mission of inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience," Fowler wrote in a release.

The museum is currently soliciting feedback on potential names from visitors and community members. One of the names reportedly under consideration is the "Museum of Humankind," according to an email sent to museum subscribers.

A new name for the museum is set to be adopted in Spring of 2020.

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The Museum of Man has been a staple attraction in Balboa Park since its completion for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Many of San Diego's most historic artifacts, including local Kumeyaay baskets, Egyptian sarcophagi, painted aboriginal shields, and delicate Chinese textiles, have been on display in the museum.

Here's a quick history lesson from the museum on the park's gateway: