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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