Museum of Science, Boston

Many Faces of Our Mental Health

Display period: 2017-2018


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

Many Faces is likely the first exhibition focused upon mental health education and awareness to be displayed by a major American museum. Developed in a collaboration between MOS, Boston, artist Lynda Cuttrell, Dr. Bruce Cohen (former president of McLean Hospital), and others. Christine Reich of MOS, Boston explains the goal of Many Faces was not to fill visitors with information. Instead, the goal was to change visitor “affect and feeling” – helping those who experience mental illness to feel belonging and fullness of identity, and helping others develop empathy.



The National Museum of Mental Health Project researches the use of exhibits to transform society's attitudes about,

and understanding of, mental health. 

The Project seeks to:

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness. 

  • Facilitate collaboration among artists, curators, exhibit designers, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share knowledge.

  • Inspire the development of a national museum of mental health that is a museum-without-walls. This may take the form of a new nonprofit entity, or emerge organically from vigorous collaboration and sharing of know-how.


The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University. 

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