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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:
Family DNA
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 alone.

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.

Exhibit Programming

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!
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 are YOU!
More Identity Programming

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 biodiversity.

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 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   

Identical Strangers*
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 experience.

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

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.