International Museum of Cultures
Where are you located?
- The International Museum of Cultures occupies its own 20,000 sq. ft. building in on the 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. We have a community room that seats 50-75 and conference room available for rental. Our upstairs’ facility is in the process of being developed as a children’s lab. Along with all the usual IMC events, we have the space for meetings, parties, performances, and lectures.
What type of museum are you?
- The International Museum of Cultures is the only contemporary cultural anthropology institution in the state of Texas striving 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 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?
- The IMC was developed by linguists and anthropologists associated with SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) and chartered in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the supervision of Dr. William Merrifield.
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 program concerning 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 room 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.
What is your mission?
- Visit the “Our Mission” page for more detailed information