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The 1968 Exhibit at the
National Constitution Center

Experience the year that defined a generation

A reconstructed Bell "Huey" helicopter used in Vietnam in The 1968 Exhibit. Credit: Minnesota Historical Society



June 14-September 2, 2013


Travel back to 1968 at the National Constitution Center with an immersive exhibit focused on one of America’s most colorful, chaotic and culture-shifting years.

Through a lens that takes in the Vietnam War, civil rights marches and women’s liberation, The 1968 Exhibit offers 12 display areas corresponding to the months of the year—as well as three lounge spaces inviting playful interaction with 1968’s most enduring and influential music, movies, fashions and more.

Explore the impact of the events of 1968 including the height of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention and more.

The exhibition also examines the impact of pop culture on a generation with the release of the Beatles’ The White Album, Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the debut of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Exhibition Highlights

The 5,000-square-foot exhibition features more than 100 inspiring artifacts and icons including:

  • A reconstructed Bell “Huey” helicopter used in Vietnam
  • Full-size replica of the Apollo 8 module and an actual helmet used
  • A program from the funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Visitors can also design their own album cover in the memorabilia-heavy Music Trip Lounge or watch clips from popular shows and televised events from 1968.

Those who lived through 1968 can share their stories and memories in the special Community Lounge.

Insider Tip

All visitors who purchase a ticket to The 1968 Exhibit will have the opportunity to pay an additional $1 and receive a special tie dye wristband. Bring the wristband back on a future visit for a $3 discount off museum admission and get 10% off merchandise from the museum store. Offer expires in June 2014.


General admission to The 1968 Exhibit includes admission to the National Constitution Center’s The Story of We the People, including the award-winning performance Freedom Rising.

Ticket prices:
$14.50 for adults
$13.00 for seniors (age 65+) and students with ID
$8 for children (ages 4-12)
FREE for active military

Note: Purchase three tickets and you’ll get the fourth FREE.

Click the button below for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.

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