Three Photos of our 50th anniversary exhibit at Oregon Historical Society. Photo of Anansi demonstrating the music of Ghana at our exhibit at Clacamas C. C. Wilmington college exhibit using panels and banners available from CMPCE.
For nearly six decades, Peace Corps Volunteers have been bringing home their stories, objects, and changed perspectives. The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience preserves the legacy of their service and impact—and that of the Peace Corps as a dynamic and evolving organization, more relevant than ever in today’s world.
Through web-based collections and a physical exhibition and programming space in Washington, D.C., the Museum brings to light the people, work, hope, and heart of Peace Corps and promotes understanding of our shared humanity. Finding commonalities in the face of diversity is a Peace Corps value that fosters greater respect for human dignity and global citizenship.
In the luggage of every returning Peace Corps volunteer are objects that speak of unique experiences in a previously unfamiliar culture. Those artifacts—and the stories behind them—are the core of the Museum’s focus. By collecting and displaying these souvenirs of service, the Museum starts to address the question: how do we communicate what Peace Corps means?
What truly distinguishes the Museum will be its experiential dimension. Through immersive, state-of-the-art interactive and multimedia exhibits, visitors will engage in their own journeys and gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the diverse realities of life as a Peace Corps volunteer.
The Museum will eventually find a permanent home in the Peace Corps Community Center in the nation’s capital. The virtual exhibit space online makes the museum’s collections accessible to anyone, anywhere—including friends and families in the United States and in host countries where volunteers serve. By extending the reach of Peace Corps beyond individual volunteers and international host communities, the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience hopes to inspire deeper cultural understanding and a commitment to service.
The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience is an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It supports the three goals of Peace Corps:
- Help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women.
- Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
As an institutional member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum preserves and exhibits artifacts, shares Peace Corps stories and educates viewers, all in compliance with best practices and the highest standards of museum management.