February 1, 2002

Museum of Man's "Footsteps Through Time"

The San Diego Museum of Man has completed the renovation of its west wing --housed in its historic California Building-- which will feature the ambitious new permanent exhibit, "Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution."

Slated to open Saturday, Feb. 9, the new 7,000-square-foot anthropology exhibit features five interactive galleries filled with more than a hundred touchable replicas of early humans, primates and futuristic cyborgs (part human, part machine).

According to executive director Douglas Sharon, Ph.D. this in-depth exhibit features "major anthropological finds related to human evolution." Sharon noted that the renovation represents a major milestone in the Museum's 87-year history. "It is especially significant as it mirrors the Museum's original mission: to display the life and history of humankind," he said. "We are fortunate in that it is largely funded by a $1.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation."

Pictured is a reconstruction of "Luch" to be on display at the Museum.

Exhibition Housed in Historic 1915 Structure

According to Melinda New-some, the Museum's director of development, the new "Footsteps Through Time" exhibit is housed in the museum's historic California Building -- renowned for its landmark 200-foot-high tower. The structure was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. As part of the Exposition, "The Story of Man through the Ages" was displayed -- this exhibit eventually became part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Man.

For further information, please call (619) 239-2001 or visit the website at www.museumofman.org.

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