Identity: An Exhibition of You
October 11, 2014 – January 11, 2015
What makes you…YOU? Find out what makes you tick in Identity: An Exhibition of You, the highly entertaining exhibit on display this fall from Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute!
Take a tour through Identity and experience hands-on interactive
stations that show how your genetics, brain chemistry and even your
friends and social groups help make you who you are. How does your body
know what color to make your eyes? Are you a dreamer or an organizer?
How do the people in your life influence the choices you make? Identity
is part science, part sociology and all fun that’s perfect for children
and adults alike. Best of all, each person will experience Identity differently: that’s why it’s an exhibition of you!
Here are just a few of the interactive activities available in Identity:
Can you tell if people are related just from looks? Find out in this
mix-n-match game by matching children with their parents—by appearance
Thoughts of a Dreamer
Are you a dreamer? Or an organizer? Maybe you’re curious? People with
similar personalities think in similar ways. Stand in one of our Thought
Cones to hear the inner thoughts of people who experience the world the
way you do.
Your Musical Personality
It’s your unique personality, in the form of music! Change elements of a
common children’s tune to find out how sociable, thoughtful or
intuitive you are.
Kaleidoscope of Social Interactions
Discover how social interactions affect your personality on a large, digital kaleidoscope. (Great for groups.)
Morph into your “other self.” Find out what people think of you as
another ethnicity or gender (your doppelganger), and learn how social
constructs of race and gender affect interactions.
Join us for Opening Day!
Saturday, October 11, 10AM-3PM
Join us for opening day of Identity: An Exhibition of You and take your
experience even further! Make a wax-cast model of your hand, create a
personalized DNA bracelet based on your traits, learn what a Stroop Test
is and see if your brain can keep up with the mixed signals. All
activities are free for members and for visitors with paid admission.
Identity Curiosity Carts
Join museum educators on select Sundays during Identity and learn more about what makes you tick:
Physical Identity: Extracting DNA!More Identity Programming
Sundays, October 12, 19 & 26, 2-4PM
Experience your very own DNA up-close. No microscopes needed!
Psychological Identity: Think Colorfully!
Sundays, November 2, 9 & 16, 2-4PM
Think you know your colors? Using the Stroop Test, explore how your brain processes and organizes stimuli,
optical illusions and other fun topics!
Social Identity: See the Network!
Sundays, December 7, 14 & 21, 2-4PM
See how your social identity is formed with a little help from your friends. Take a closer look at who affects
your day–to-day life and create your own “sociogram.”
Physical Identity: Uniquely You!
Sunday, January 4 & 11, 2-4PM
Experiment with blood types and explore the distinctive
patterns of your own fingerprints. You will come to understand why you
Island Biodiversity - Tracking Human Influences (Webcast)*
Thursday, November 6, 10AM and 1PM
Experience the Smithsonian Science How webcast series with Dr. Torben
Rick, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Dr.
Rick will analyze the remains of human life on islands, reviewing
thousands of years of human influence on the west coast (Channel
Islands) and east coast (Chesapeake Bay). Dr. Rick will show how
changing environmental conditions affect human life and shape
Girl Scouts Identity Excursion
Saturday, November 8, 9AM-12PM
The Durham Museum is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts Spirit of
Nebraska to provide a special, one-day program for Daisy through Junior
Girl Scouts. Scouts will participate in fun, hands-on activities to
understand what makes the best you: mind, body and soul. For additional
information or to register please visit www.girlscoutsnebraska.org. Registration deadline is October 24.
Free Admission to Veterans on November 9
Sunday, November 9, 1PM-5PM
Veterans, enjoy complimentary admission on Sunday, November 9 in
observance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday and as a token of our
appreciation for your service!
Please show military ID at the front desk. Thank you for safeguarding our American identity for more than 200 years.
Identity Speaker Series
Presented by Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30PM Lecture, Reception to follow
Join sisters Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein, identical twins, and hear
the compelling story of how they were separated shortly after birth as
part of a research project on twins, only to be reunited at the age of
35. Bernstein’s and Schein’s story provokes questions about whether
identity is shaped by genetic makeup, environment or both, and provides
excellent complement to Identity: An Exhibition of You. Their
presentation will focus on the intimacy they sensed as twins contrasted
with the separation they experienced growing up as strangers. Bernstein
and Schein are authors of Identical Strangers, named to the MS Society
Books for Better Life list as well as a Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice,
and featured on NPR, ABC News’ Good Morning America and CNN.
The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects*
Presented by Richard Kurin
Tuesday, November 4, 6:30PM Lecture, Reception to follow
Explore America’s identity through 101 defining objects from the
nation’s history. What do they say about the people, where the nation
has been and where it is going? Special guest Richard Kurin worked with
Smithsonian curators and scholars to develop this fascinating list of
items dating from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to
the digital age, all representing a common heritage. From Abraham
Lincoln’s hat to space shuttle Discovery and many points before, after
and in between, come explore the objects that help define the American
Richard Kurin is Under Secretary for Art, History and Culture at the
Smithsonian Institution. He is author of the book The Smithsonian’s
History of America in 101 Objects.
* Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact The
Durham Museum at 402-444-5071 or email reservations@DurhamMuseum.org.
Identity is an exhibition developed and produced by The Franklin
Institute. It is supported locally by the Douglas County Commissioners,
the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Durham Society, David Scott
Foundation, Dillon Foundation, The Durham Family Foundation, Mammel
Foundation, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Gilbert M. and
Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, U.S. Bank and Fraser Stryker PC LLO.
Media support provided by KMTV-TV Channel 3, CBS Omaha.