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The Institute for Human Science and Culture


The Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC) is a multidisciplinary institute that promotes education and research in the history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience. The mission of the IHSC is to explore what it means to be human. The IHSC promotes document- and object-based, experiential education in arts, humanities, and science.

In addition to state-of-the-art storage facilities and classrooms, the IHSC has two galleries and a library open to the public.


The National Museum of Psychology and the Institute galleries will be closed to the public until further notice due to the current health crisis. 

For updated information from The University of Akron, visit

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-4pm and Thursdays, 11am-8pm.

Library hours are limited. Please contact us at 330-972-6065 to make an appointment.

Admission to the IHSC galleries is included with your ticket to the National Museum of Psychology.

Display case from the Oak Native American Gallery featuring baskets and woven artifacts

Institute in the News:

Institute for Human Science and Culture ‘explores what it means to be human’ The Devil Strip - November 18, 2019

The Museum of Bags Goes to College Georgetown Dish - November 25, 2019

Institute for Human Science and Culture renovations video by Mario Micale, Narrative Digital Media

University of Akron finishes renovations of Cummings Center for the History of Psychology - September 11, 2019