The Bias Inside Us

A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

February 26 - March 27, 2022

The Bias Inside Us features a traveling exhibition that serves as the centerpiece for local programs and activities. Through compelling images, hands-on interactives, and powerful testimonials and videos, the exhibition unpacks and demystifies the concept of bias.

Hours & Tickets

Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

In addition, exhibits are open 2 hours before ticketed events and close 1 hour after the start of event. Availability outside of regular business hours changes daily, please see event calendar for details.

Free and open to public, however guests must reserve ticket for entry.

Reserve Ticket

For events before March 12, 2022, guests must follow current COVID-19 protocols and show either proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. After March 12, guests regardless of vaccination status are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks. For more information about our patron safety policies, please visit our Visitor COVID-19 Guide.

About the Exhibition

The Bias Inside Us—an exhibition and community engagement project from the Smithsonian—is an exploration of the social science, psychology and consequences of implicit bias. Bias is an innate human trait; we all have it. Being aware of our bias can help us recognize their influence and impact on our behaviors and worldview. The Bias Inside Us offers an opportunity to learn how to challenge bias in the world through awareness of one’s own bias.

The Bias Inside Us organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Major support is provided by The Otto Bremer Trust.

bias inside us - Humanae project by Angelica Dass

The Bias Inside Us features Spanish photographer Angélica Dass’ Humanae project, which reflects on the color of skin that challenges the concept of race.
Photo by Science Museum of Minnesota

Community Events

Expand the conversation and explore community programming 

The Bias Inside Us traveling exhibition serves as the centerpiece for local programs and events including community book reads, live music performances, and keynote events. The below events are available at Pablo Center, please check with local community organizations for additional programming.

Educational & Community Learning Lab

Start the conversation about implicit bias. Begin to explore ways to retrain your brain and explore additional resources offered by the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Learning Lab

Exhibition Scientific Resources

Explore the scientific research materials that give insight to the Smithsonian's Bias Inside Us exhibition. 

Exhibition Resources

This exhibition is made possible by the support of our local and Smithsonian partners.


The Bias Inside Us is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Major support is provided by The Otto Bremer Trust.

Local support is provided by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area School District, and Pablo Center at the Confluence

Additional support provided by Acton Family Giving, Anonymous donors, The Beverly Foundation, Steve and Sheri Lear, Target, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Alabama Power Foundation, Allianz of America, Valerie E. and William A. Anders, Atlanta Gas Light Foundation, Julie and David Burton, the Dreier Family, Lennart Ehn and Ginger Lew, Expedia, Trevor and Melissa Fetter, the Roger S. Firestone Foundation, Brenda J. Gaines, Myra Hart and Kent Hewitt, Charlie and Nancy Hogan, Judy and Bob Huret, Dr. Christine C. Jenkins and Mr. Pierre A. France, KNOCK, inc., Sarah Lawer and Frank Guanco, Leaders Forum, Kathleen Mason, Elyse Rabinowitz and Jim Porter, Dr. Philip S. and Alice Hoolihan Randall, Gloria del C. Rodriguez, the Family of Leona Roen, and Naoma Tate.

Based on an original concept developed by Tolerance in Motion: Steve Lear, Laura Zelle, and Elyse Rabinowitz, founders; Ellen Glatstein, Laura Lipshutz, Alice Randall, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, and Susan Shapiro, directors; Don Shelby, founding advisor; and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Steve Hunegs, executive director.