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Sacred Earth opens in Hall of Anthropology

1/31/2017 - Sacred Earth opens in Hall of Anthropology

Museum anthropology collections featured in Sacred Earth

Museum Anthropology Hall is reinstalled and reinterpreted

The San Bernardino County Museums anthropology gallery has reopened with a new series of exhibits that highlight the diversity of cultures that have flourished in the county since prehistoric times. Entitled Sacred Earth, the gallerys theme is understanding our past and honoring cultures that thrive today. The exhibit features an intimate and immersive experience of the museums collection of local tribal baskets, pottery, weapons, jewelry, and stone tools.

Sacred Earth was inspired by the voices of people. The native story can be heard throughout the exhibit and parallels the archaeological story as visitors make their way through the gallery and through time. Because of this exhibit, an even stronger relationship has been forged with tribal community members, who provided some of the incredible content, said Curator of Anthropology Tamara Serrao-Leiva. In this new installation, visitors can closely inspect the objects that were created and used by inland Southern California tribes from prehistoric times to the present. My greatest hope is that this exhibit brings honor, understanding, and discussion about the rich heritage of our region.

As a museum, we are passionate about sharing the complete story of our region, spanning from pre-history through today said David Myers, the museums curator of exhibits and visitor experience. In collaboration with community partners, this immersive exhibit allows visitors to explore the story of our areas first peoples and make connections between geography, adaptation, and material culture. Moving forward through time, visitors encounter cultures that continue to thrive today and have the opportunity to explore and discuss the issues that still affect indigenous populations.

The San Bernardino County Museums exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museums other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.



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