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The 1968 Exhibit
The 1968 Exhibit
The 1968 Exhibit
October 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Cost: Cost: Adult: $10; Senior/Student/Military/Tour Groups: $8; Children 6–12: $4, Children 5 and younger: Free

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Important Visitor Information: Residents of St. Louis City and St. Louis County will receive complimentary admission to The 1968 Exhibit on Tuesday, November 5 (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) and on Wednesday, November 6 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.). The Missouri History Museum will close to the general public at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5.


The 1968 Exhibit is an ambitious, state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibit that looks at how the experiences of the year fueled a persistent, if often contradictory, sense of identity for the people who were there. It is the unsettled nature of the debate about damage done or victories won that makes an exhibit on this subject so compelling and urgent.

The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war. The year saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention, assertions of Black Power at the Olympic Games, and feminist demonstrations at the Miss America pageant. Hair opened on Broadway, Laugh-In debuted and became the number-one show on TV, Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate picked up Oscars, and Johnny Cash gave a legendary performance at Folsom Prison. President Lyndon Johnson spoke of a country challenged, at home and abroad, in his State of the Union address; his successor, Richard Nixon, promised in his nomination acceptance speech that the long, dark night for America is about to end. In the closing days of the year, we saw Earth in its entirety for the first time from the window of the Apollo 8 space capsule.

The 1968 Exhibit is a traveling exhibit organized by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibit is supported by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

For more information, please visit the exhibit website.

As a member of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD), the Missouri History Museum receives property tax support from the citizens of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Financial support from these taxes assists the Missouri History Museum with exhibition development and design, conservation of artifacts and documents and educational programming. As a “thank you” for their tax support, residents of St. Louis City and St. Louis County receive complimentary admission to the Missouri History Museum’s special exhibitions on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. To receive a complimentary ticket, St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents must present a Missouri Driver Licenseor a Missouri ID Card prior to entering the gallery.

(PLEASE NOTE: Exhibition dates are subject to change. Confirm dates prior to your museum visit.)

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