What is Regimes Museum and why do you study tyranny?
The Regimes Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides resources to scholars, students, and the general public through exhibitions, conferences, and a wide array of learning programs.
The museum is the culmination of an effort to collect, preserve, and archive stories, material, and artifacts from a selection of the most notorious regimes of the 20th century. It is both a museum and an educational institution that offers resources to scholars and students with an emphasis on preserving the memories of those who lived under a culture of tyranny and repression and to preserve this history for future generations to interpret and learn from.
Much like a Holocaust museum, the Regimes Museum researches and explores topics related to state sponsored terror, war, genocide, democide, and human rights issues in order to enlighten the public and help prevent these events from coming about again in the present and future.
The phenomenon of tyranny and repression are common throughout recorded history. Philosophers and enlightened thinkers past and present have written extensively about the issue of authoritarian and totalitarian power structures and their impact on the human domain.
With every interview, object, and scholarly research, the Regimes Museum hopes to expand our understanding of tyranny and dictatorship in both the macro historical perspective while simultaneously revealing and preserving for future study and analysis the lives of individuals who experienced the past first hand. Our programs, exhibitions, and research, therefore, aim to enlighten the public on a very important topic.
Do you support [insert dictatorship here]?
Absolutely not. The reason we study these societies is to understand them, and prevent similar atrocities from happening again. We support freedom, integrity, and human rights. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.
Do you accept donations?
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Regimes Museum gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations. Any funds or materials donated to the museum will be used to further our mission of spreading awareness of these issues. For more information, click here.
Where is the museum located?
Our administrative offices are located in Orange County, CA. We currently provide free exhibitions and public educational programming (both virtual and in-person) to institutions across Southern California as well as worldwide via our website and social media.
The museum is currently looking for a permanent exhibition space so that the collection can be made accessible to the public. In the meantime, many of our items can be seen in the virtual collection. If you would like to know more about the collection or schedule an event, please contact us.
How can I get involved?
Regimes Museum is proud to serve communities in Orange County and the surrounding area in a variety of ways. Interested parties can request customizable educational programming (middle/high school or university level), short- or long-term traveling exhibitions, and access to our archives. Submissions are open for our peer-reviewed academic journal, which is free to access online.
Eyewitnesses of totalitarian regimes are invited to participate in our oral history program, RM Sessions. We wish to preserve as many stories as possible - from everyday life to major events. Please contact us for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering for the museum, or have any questions, feel free to contact us!