National Museum of Psychology Features Historical Artifacts, Interactive Exhibits

The museum offered free admission on Sept. 21 as a way to invite the community to explore the history of understanding human experiences.

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is located across from the Akron Polymer Training Center.

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The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is located across from the Akron Polymer Training Center.

By Enrique Antonio, News & Opinion Contributor

As an affiliate of the Smithsonian institution since 2002, the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology offered free admission to the National Museum of Psychology all day Sept. 21.

Featuring permanent exhibits with unique items on the history of psychology as a science, agents of social changes and a profession, the museum has something for all ages to explore and engage with.


According to the
museum’s website, visitors can engage with different interactive exhibits on memory and personality, Stanley Milgram’s simulated shock generator and more artifacts from famous psychological experiments.

Enrique Antonio
The Bobo Doll used during one of the most famous behavioral studies in the history of psychology.

Sophomore Anna Windmill, an early childhood inclusive teacher preparation major, believes the museum is not only a great way for psychology students to learn more about how wide the field is, but also to bring awareness to different practices used in the past.

Currently, the special exhibit featured in the museum is “How Animal Subjects Shaped Psychology: A Student Exhibition.” Located on the fourth floor of the museum, the exhibit will run through Oct. 26 during regular hours.


The museum, located at 73 S. College St., is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Admission costs are $10 for adults, $20 for families and $5 for children, those with a non-UA college ID and per person in groups with ten or more people. Those with a valid Zip Card or military ID enter for free.

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