Just In Time! A New Sprinkler System and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day LIVE!

Over the past several weeks, the International Museum of Cultures has been adding a new sprinkler system on the property. 

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We had to close our doors the public for a while which was disheartening for many, but we have good news! Though the process has been tedious, it was a success! We are proud to announce that the museum doors will be open tomorrow – Saturday, September 27th – just in time for the Tenth Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! smithsonian museum day live


Last year’s event brought in over 400,000 participants all across the United States! If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house this weekend and experience something new, tomorrow the International Museum of Cultures will open its doors for any and all interested in participating in Museum Day Live! 2014. A variety of exhibits will be on display.


You can download a FREE Ticket at: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Each ticket is worth entrance for two individuals on Saturday only. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate yourself and your family or friends about global cultures. Learn about and connect with people from all walks of life!

Donation Drive for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day

The International Museum of Cultures in collaboration with the Duncanville Outreach Center hosted a Donation Drive kick-off event last Thursday, September 18th for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day! From 7 am to 9 am in the IMC parking lot, free donuts and coffee were provided to those who stopped by and donations were accepted. For those who were unable to visit the museum, supporters were given the opportunity to donate online until midnight that day.


NTX Giving Day - Sept 18


The turn out for the event at the International Museum of Cultures was great! It was wonderful to see people coming together to consume copious amounts of delicious donuts and coffee for breakfast and offer their moral and monetary support to the local non-profit organizations striving to make a difference in their community. Not only did locals from the Duncanville and Dallas areas gather together to support organizations in their region, but well over 98,000 donations poured in from all 50 states, 6 territories and over 28 different countries across the globe to benefit 1,580 unique, non-profits.  Due to the numerous online donations as well as the performances and community events – such as the International Museum of Culture’s donation drive – spurring an awareness of need and excitement to lend support all over, this year was record breaking for the North Texas Giving Day!


If you have the desire to continue your support of local organizations, check out the Communities Foundation of Texas website – www.cftexas.org – to learn how to make a difference. And, if you have the desire to benefit the International Museum of Cultures, visit our website – www.internationalmuseumofcultures.org– to donate or get involved!



Thank you for your support!

December at the International Museum of Cultures

GIANT CHRISTMAS CARD WILL BE IN THE FOYERIf you wish to honor or place a loved ones name “in memory” you may make a tax-deductible donation to the museum and your honored person or family of the named loved one will receive a card stating the donation has been made by the donor. This is a wonderful way to pay special tribute to those whom you care about and make a philanthropic gift to the museum as well.

The first of several Christmas events will begin on December 3rd. The Junior Anthropology Club will meet at the museum at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy music and stories of holidays around the world and also make a gift and ornament while here. There will be a $2.50 charge for this days activities. Call 972 708 7537 for more details or to RSVP. Membership is open to any elementary age student for only $5 per year.

At 2 p.m. on December 3rd, the annual Greater Dallas Rotary Chorus will present their Christmas concert.

The “Bits of Glass” exhibit will remain in place through December 17th. Many of the pieces are for sale at very reasonable prices.

Paul Neeley and his group will present Christmas music from around the world at 2 p.m. on December 17th.

We will be honoring our college interns and volunteers on December 7th and 10th, respectively, for all the time they dedicate to the museum.

The International Discovery Boxes are ready for schools, libraries, churches, etc. to have the museum come to them. Call Kerri at 972 708 7406 for details.

We are now open on Saturdays, so come visit us on the weekends!! Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Watch our weekly updates for specials in the International Expressions gift shop. Christmas inventory is arriving daily. The international nativity scenes are exquisite.

International Museum of Cultures Newsletter – November

The International Discovery Boxes are ready for schools, libraries, churches, etc. to have the museum come to them. Call Kerri at 972 708 7406 for details.

We are now open on Saturdays, so come visit us on the weekends!! Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our annual nativity show is now open. Come by and see all the different nativity scenes from around the world!

Trail of Trees opens this Wednesday, the 16th. Groups, schools or individuals wishing to place handmade decorations on a tree must have them at the museum by Wednesday.

Becca Hirschbrunner’s “Bits of Glass” exhibit opens on Saturday, November 19th. Paul Neeley’s musical group will present a concert at 2 p.m.

The museum will be closed November 24-27 for Thanksgiving.

The annual Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29th. Glenn and Linda Majors are hospitality hosts for the evening meeting to be held at the museum at 6:30 p.m.

History of the International Museum of Cultures

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International Museum of Cultures

International Museum of Cultures in Dallas Texas was developed by linguists and anthropologists associated with SIL International (Summer Institute of Linguistics). SIL is the largest non-governmental linguistics research organization in the world.

The museum exhibits are taken directly from the experience of traveling missionaries, and are rich in the detail and understanding that can only come from decades of personal experience of living in these remote communities and sharing and appreciating their cultures and friendships.

International Museum of Cultures is the only cultural institution of its kind in Texas. It is a unique museum focusing upon contemporary peoples and challenges of currently existing communities in remote locations of the world.

Through exhibits, educational programs, and public events, it celebrates peoples of diverse cultures in an effort to promote greater appreciation and understanding of cultural differences found both in isolated areas of the world and in our own community.

The Margaret and Trammell Crow Gallery currently houses exhibits of contemporary peoples from West Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador and Peru, and an excellent gift shop. A major short-term exhibit is produced every year.

The Museum is in the process of developing an Electronic Field Trip for use by schools and other educational institutions. The production of the Electronic Field Trip is being made possible through a grant from the Nissan Foundation.

Sad news: the passing of Edna Jane Travis, friend and supporter of the museum

The staff and Board of Trustees of the International Museum of Cultures were saddened to hear of the passing of Edna Jane Travis last night, long time friend and supporter of the museum, after a battle with cancer. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Travis’ family and friends. Ms. Travis supported the museum’s week long Day Camp each Summer, which is named for her. She was a wonderful friend of so many staff and volunteers at the museum; she will be deeply missed.
There will be a service at 2 pm on Friday at the Activity Center on the campus of the International Linguistics Center, just across from the museum’s rear entrance. We will close just before 2 pm so that the museum staff can attend the service.

Shopping, Sales, and Singing on Saturday 11 December at the IMC!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the museum! On Saturday visit the museum to see the nativities from many cultures as well as shop in our gift shop! We will be open at 10 am for the special Museum Members Only Gift Shop Sale, and from 12 pm to 4 pm for the public, with the Rotary Men’s Chorus providing a Christmas music concert at 2:00.

We have some lovely fair trade items in the gift shop, both Christmas themed and non-holiday items! We will also have 2 vendors in the museum: Ypie Doleman, local artist, will be offering her amazing and lovely items for sale, and Julie Pickard, Pampered Chef Consultant, will have a table taking orders and booking shows for the new year! Items will be available for pre-Holiday delivery if ordered Saturday!
The museum members sale will have the following schedule:
10 am to 11 am: 50% off total purchase!!
11 am to 12 pm: Buy one item at regular price, get 2nd item of equal or lesser value for 50% off!!
12 pm to 1 pm: 25% off total purchase!
Come and get in the Holiday spirit at the International Museum of Cultures and get some Holiday shopping done at the unique International Expressions Gift Shop! We hope to see you all here!