The National Museum of Psychology
What makes us human? The National Museum of Psychology invites visitors to explore the history of our attempts to understand the human experience. Highlights include interactive exhibits on memory, intelligence, and personality; home movies of Sigmund Freud; a Nobel Prize; the simulated shock generator from Stanley Milgram's obedience studies, and; artifacts from the Stanford Prison Experiment.
The Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits on the history of psychology as a profession, a science, and an agent of social change. Visitors of all ages can explore how psychology has become a part of popular culture and everyday life.
Plan your visit!
Food and drinks, including water bottles, are not permitted in the museum and galleries. Backpacks and large bags must be left with the admissions desk.
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sunday and Monday: Closed
Please note that the Cummings Center closes for all major holidays.
Admission (includes entry to the Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries)
- $10 - Adults
- $5 - College ID & Children (under 18)
- $20 - Family
- $5/person - Groups of 10+
- $3/person - Museums for All program (click for details)
- Free - University of Akron students, staff, & faculty (with valid ID)
- Free - with a military ID card or veteran ID card
Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302
Want to see more? Access a map of the museum and galleries.
The National Museum of Psychology welcomes groups and classes. The Museum is self-guided, but please contact us to schedule a group visit.
Additionally, we offer a specialized guided Race & Psychology Museum Tour, which explores the relationship between psychological science and systems of racial injustice. Please contact us to schedule this tour.
Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of College and Market streets. Metered parking is available along South College Street.
Health & Safety
Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the museum and galleries, and visitors are encouraged to sanitize their hands regularly. Social distancing is encouraged between groups. Visitors are not required to wear masks in the museum and galleries, but may choose to do so. If you are feeling sick, we ask that you consider staying home or wearing a mask within the museum and galleries.
A wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the northeast side of the building, near the main entrance. The museum is housed on the ground floor, and an interior elevator provides access to the Institute galleries, located on the fourth floor. A wheelchair is also kept on-site and is available for loan to those visiting the museum and archives.
For more information, see our accessibility page.
In the media
- Inside the National Museum of Psychology - The University of Akron
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