The 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.
- 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
The 1968 Exhibit was 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 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.