Where are you located?
The International Museum of Cultures occupies its own 20,000 sq. ft. building on the southbound access road of Highway 67 in Duncanville, TX. Situated conveniently between all of Southwest Dallas’ major suburban cities and only minutes from downtown Dallas, the IMC is easily accessible to all.
What type of museum are you?
The International Museum of Cultures is the only contemporary cultural anthropology institution in the state of Texas. The Museum strives to understand the challenges of existing communities in remote locations of the world by focusing on the indigenous peoples of those regions. Through exhibits, educational programs, and public events, the IMC celebrates people of diverse cultures in an effort to embrace and promote the understanding of cultural differences found both in isolated areas of the world and in our own community. Our focus on living peoples rather than on those of the past provides a rich platform from which to address questions of ethnic and cultural diversity – the Museum’s central interest.
What is your history?
Chartered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1979 under the supervision of Dr. William Merrifield, the International Museum of Cultures was developed by linguists and anthropologists associated with the Summer Institute of Linguistics now know as SIL International.
What types of exhibits do you have?
All of our exhibits are inspired by the real-life experiences of field linguists. They are rich in the detail and understanding that can only come from first-hand knowledge of living in these remote communities, sharing and appreciating their cultures and friendships. Our exhibits provide interactive programming representing the African cultures of West Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They also celebrate South American cultural heritages, provide in depth exploration of countries in Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, China, Mexico, and Central America. Our Native American exhibit has an extensive display of weapons and warrior-attire. And an entire exhibit is dedicated to drums from around the world. Short-term exhibits are regularly displayed in the reception area, and traveling exhibits are in place at neighboring libraries and government buildings.
Do you offer conference or meeting accommodations?
The Museum houses several spaces that can be used for conferences, seminars, meetings, family gatherings, performances, or special events. The Community Room is our largest area seating 50-75 people. It can be set up in several formats. The Conference room seats 10-12 people and is equipped with audio and visual resources perfect for your next board meeting. Classrooms upstairs can be used for learning labs and educational and art activities for children. that seats 50-75 people. The and conference room available for rental. Our upstairs’ facility is in the process of being developed as a children’s lab. All areas are available for rent. For more information, pricing, and availability, please visit our Facility Rentals page.
What is your mission?
The International Museum of Cultures provides a venue of opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cultures through programs, seminars and exhibits.