The National Museum of Psychology

Join us from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 for our grand reopening with new exhibits and completely remodeled. Admission is free for this special event. (Regular museum fees apply for other visits.) We'll be open regularly starting on June 28. Plan your visit.

From the home movies of Sigmund Freud and the original simulated shock generator used by Stanley Milgram to artifacts from the famed Stanford Prison Experiment — these objects, and many more, that tell the history of psychology will all be showcased at the hands-on National Museum of Psychology.



Experience exhibits on psychology’s history as a profession, science and agent of social change. Visitors of all ages can explore how psychology has become part of popular culture and everyday life.


Explore how psychologists have applied their work in hospitals, businesses, schools and industry through exhibits on:

  • the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
  • the rise of “talk therapy”
  • the creation of intelligence testing
  • the psychology of advertising and employee selection


Discover how psychology became a laboratory science and how it has been used to understand sensation, perception, the brain and animal behavior. Exhibit highlights include:

  • instruments and apparatus from early-20th-century laboratories
  • interactives on perceptual illusions and memory
  • film footage from early studies of chimpanzee development

Social Change

Learn how psychologists use research to understand the social world and create social change. Exhibits explore:

  • early women psychologists and the study of gender differences
  • psychological research on race in the 1950s
  • changing ideas about human sexuality
  • studies of social norms, social roles, obedience and authority

Plan your visit!


  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Adults: $10
  • Children (12 and under): $5
  • University of Akron students and faculty: free (with valid ID)
  • Military: free (with valid ID)

About the museum

Cummings Center external renovation renderingEstablished in 2010, the National Museum of Psychology showcases and interprets documents, media, and artifacts from the Center’s vast special collections. Featuring both temporary and permanent exhibits, the Museum aims to bring the history of psychology to life by providing visitors with an opportunity to explore what it means to be human.

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