The Los Alamos Japan Project is an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Founded by Museum Director Judith Stauber, the project is building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos History Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
The global histories of the United States and Japan are inexorably linked, but the cultures reveal a separateness. In our respective museums, one story ends where another begins, yet there is not enough mutual understanding. Museums in Los Alamos communicate pride in scientific achievement and the development of the world’s first atomic weapons. Museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki communicate the personal devastation wrought by those bombs.
While Los Alamos and Japan share a history connected by world-changing events, cultural controversy still exists on a societal level. Los Alamos History Museum believes that the effort to understand viewpoints, norms, and values that differ from our own can benefit us with increased knowledge of people, places, and the world.
The new exhibit Culture and Collaboration: The Los Alamos Japan Project explores the goals of this unique intercultural initiative to create understanding through shared history, partnerships, dialogue, multiple perspectives, and collaboration.
Please join us for an exhibit opening 3-5 p.m., Friday, April 21, in the Los Alamos History Museum Rotating Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through July 9.