University of Akron Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund National Museum of Psychology

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The museum would exist on the first floor of this University of Akron building.
  • The museum would exist on the first floor of this University of Akron building.


The University of Akron is taking a novel if unlikely to succeed approach to funding a university project — it's using Kickstarter to seek funds for the creation of the National Museum of Psychology. U of A is looking for $250,000 for the project by May 12.

As of Friday morning, the campaign had raised $10,000. 

The university is already known for its extensive reach into the psychology field, with the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology already located there. The center already houses a small psychology gallery, but the $250,000 raised from the campaign would fund a 6,000 sq. ft. space to be called the National Museum of Psychology.

What do they have on hand that might be exhibited? And what's the early mission statement?

The Cummings Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the most comprehensive research facility in the world documenting the history of psychology. We house thousands of rare and important artifacts from psychology's history, including:

Home movies of Sigmund Freud;
Apparatus from many of the most famous – and infamous – psychological studies in American history, including the Stanford Prison Experiment;
Actual correspondence from celebrated psychologists and historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Houdini, and Helen Keller; and
50,000 books, some dating to the 16th century.

This museum will focus on the question at the core of our mission: What does it mean to be human? 


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