Museum of Man Added to Museum of Natural History

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Secretary S. Dillon Ripley directs that the Museum of Natural History will now be known as the Museum of Natural History/Museum of Man. This change was made due to concerns of exhibiting non-Western cultures in a natural history museum.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Museum of Man
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Man at the Smithsonian
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives. Director General of Museums and Director, United States National Museum, circa 1921-1973, Record Unit 190, Box 26, Folder 2.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 12, 1968


  • Natural history museums
  • Secretaries
  • Name Changes
  • Ethnological museums and collections
  • Anthropolgy
  • Museums
  • Anthropological museums and collections

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