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.
About the Museum
The National Museum of Psychology features permanent 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.
What does creativity mean to you?Now available, Make Something New: Creativity and Artistic Expression in Psychology explores theories and tests of creativity throughout the history of psychology, alongside the creative works of psychology's famous figures. To view all of our online exhibits, click here.
New HoursThe National Museum of Psychology and Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries have expanded their hours. The Museum and Institute galleries are now open Tuesdays 11:00am - 4:00pm, Wednesdays 1:00pm - 8:00pm, and Thursdays through Saturdays 11:00am - 4:00pm. Regular admission rates have resumed. For more information on admission and our current health and safety precautions, click here.
Plan your visit!
The National Museum of Psychology and Institute galleries have expanded their hours. Regular admission rates (listed below) have resumed.
For more information on our health and safety precautions, click here.
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
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
Museum phone: 330-972-5457
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302
The National Museum of Psychology welcomes groups and classes. The Museum is self-guided, but please contact us to schedule a group visit.
Interested in an onsite activity? Check out this scavenger hunt.
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.
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
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