ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming. The museum’s programs result from collaborations between a network of researchers, curators, artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, economists, historians, scientists, and non-specialists from all walks of life, including those with direct experience of capitalism. The Museum’s inaugural exhibition will appear in Oakland, California in 2017.
The mission of the Museum of Capitalism is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism.
The Museum strives to broaden public understanding of capitalism through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts related to capitalism; commemorations, reenactments, and other events; distribution of education materials and teacher resources; and a variety of public programming designed to enhance understanding of capitalism and related issues, including those of contemporary significance.
The Museum’s exhibits are assembled and organized by a multidisciplinary team of curators, artists, writers, historians, and designers. They include provocative photographs, moving images, text panels, installations, and objects illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga known as capitalism. Highlights from the displays include rare items from the Museum’s own comprehensive archive as well as material obtained by the organizers from significant collections, both public and private. The Museum also manages the distributed collection, warehousing, and periodic display of artifacts of the capitalist system owned or created by partners around the world. Much of the evidence of capitalism is either eroding over time or simply not known or easily accessible to the public. Our ambition is to connect and integrate these many efforts before the evidence is erased forever.
Our educational work is crucial for establishing justice for the victims of capitalism and preventing its resurgence. Notably, the museum will also bring to light the vast number of individuals and communities around the globe who resisted capitalism and helped to develop alternatives to it, serving as an inspiration to future generations.