Opening in 2021, the Courage Museum is designed to build a world in which violence is not an inevitable part of the human experience.

An immersive learning center to prevent violence and abuse.

Science shows that violence is a learned behavior, the product of experiences and influences that shape people’s beliefs and attitudes from early and vulnerable stages of development.

Rethink Gallery: Understanding the causes and impacts of violence is key to prevention

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Rethink Gallery: Understanding the causes and impacts of violence is key to prevention

Knowledge alone is not enough. The Courage Museum is where we will take action.

Whether that violence is learned from what happens within the family, community or in the wider world, as a result of gender, racial, economic or political injustice, its traumatic effects can linger a lifetime, and are often passed from one generation to the next. Violence can literally change the development of a young person’s brain and have lifelong impacts on health, learning and productivity.

Knowledge alone is not enough. The Courage Museum is where we will take action.

Whether that violence is learned from what happens within the family, community or in the wider world, as a result of gender, racial, economic or political injustice, its traumatic effects can linger a lifetime, and are often passed from one generation to the next. Violence can literally change the development of a young person’s brain and have lifelong impacts on health, learning and productivity.

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Rethink Gallery: Understanding the causes and impacts of violence is key to prevention

Change of this magnitude takes courage — as well as a roadmap.

With a core focus on middle and high school students, their parents, teachers and mentors, the Courage Museum is a place to nurture empathy and action. Visitors will engage with interactive installations teaching skills for developing healthy relationships, as well as for taking individual and collective action to prevent violence and promote resilience and healing.

Rethink Gallery: Understanding the causes and impacts of violence is key to prevention

MISSION

Located on the Main Post of the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, the Courage Museum will put public land to use for a public service: ending the public health crisis caused by violence, and the hate that fuels it. The Courage Museum is a design lab for the deep, transformative human change needed to prevent violence before it happens.

LOCAL PROJECTS

In partnership with renowned museum designer Jake Barton, founder of the experience design firm Local Projects, whose recent projects include the 9/11 National Memorial and Museum in New York City, and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

LEAD INVESTORS

Blue Shield of California Foundation

Emily Scott

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

San Francisco Giants

Koret Foundation

Joyce Newstat and Susan Lowenberg

Patricia Lee-Hoffmann

Wendling Family

William Hirsch and Betsy Crabtree

Elizabeth and Alan Dye

Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation

Vintner’s Daughter

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