The 1968 Exhibit

June 14 – September 2, 2013

1968 ExhibitThe Vietnam War. Civil rights and women’s lib. MLK and RFK. Janis and Jimi. Laugh-In and love-ins. Bringing one of America’s most colorful, chaotic, culture-shifting years vividly to life, The 1968 Exhibit illuminates the power of “We the People” to exercise and expand our freedoms. Visitors will travel through 12 exhibition areas corresponding to the months of the year—as well as three lounge spaces (bean bag chairs included) inviting playful interaction with 1968’s most enduring and influential music, movies, fashions, and more. Whether you remember the year personally or discovered Hendrix online, The 1968 Exhibit will rock you.

Highlights include:

  • Awe-inspiring artifacts such as an actual Bell “Huey” helicopter used by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
  • Icons of space exploration, including a full-size replica of the Apollo 8 command module
  • The vibrant Music Trip Lounge, with rock-star memorabilia like original concert tickets, posters, and autographs; and an opportunity to design and share your own groovy album cover
  • An immersive environment—utilizing authentic news footage and oral histories—that recreates the buzz and tumult of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, both on the streets of Chicago and the floor of the convention hall


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Special Deal for Flower Children

During the opening weekend of the exhibition, all visitors who were born in the year 1968 will receive FREE admission to The 1968 Exhibit. Present your state-issued ID at the box office!

Share Your Story

We’re inviting those who lived through this remarkable year to share their stories in The 1968 Exhibit and give our visitors—many of them young people—a personal perspective on those 12 incredible months.

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Member Benefits

  • Attend the Member Open House on Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Join staff-led tours of The 1968 Exhibit that highlight the year’s most enduring and influential moments. Tours will be held at 11 a.m. on June 19, June 30, and August 30. Call 215.409.6767 or email [email protected] to register.

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Minnesota History Center

This exhibit is organized by the Minnesota History Center in association with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


CBS Philly

CBS 3 and The CW Philly are the official media partners of the exhibit. CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

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