The 1968 Exhibit | Oakland Museum of California


This interactive, detailed exhibit does all the research I need for my book – for me! Every month has something heartbreaking or awe-inspiring. The way it’s designed is like standing in my grandparents’ living room, watching Walter Chronkite reporting on Vietnam, then going into my bedroom to play with my Julia doll, while Mom arranged smorgasbord on stackable plastic plates. My favorite is the Bobby Kennedy exhibit – the viewer is placed at the window of the train taking his casket to Arlington Cemetery, listening to the train chug along and gazing out at all the varied folks gathered along the tracks to say good-bye.    

The 1968 Exhibit

March 31, 2012 – August 19, 2012

Experience one of the most powerful years in recent history in this unforgettable exhibition exploring the social, political, and economic events of 1968. A turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation engaged in war, 1968 saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention, Black Power demonstrations at the Summer Olympics, Feminist demonstrations at the Miss America pageant, and much more. Throughout it all, the Bay Area was at the forefront with an emerging California counterculture. Presented as an ongoing collective of historical and personal stories, the exhibition is for those who lived through it, those who’ve heard about it, and those who wonder why it matters. For more information about The 1968 Exhibit, visit

OMCA In-the-Mix Series 
Dive deeper into the issues raised by The 1968 Exhibit. Join special intergenerational guests in the 1968 Lounge for thought-provoking conversation. Included with Museum admission.

Protest: Left and Right, or Progressive and Conservative 

Saturday, June 9
1 – 2 pm
1968 Lounge, Great Hall

The Political Scene 
Saturday, July 14
1 – 2 pm
1968 Lounge, Great Hall

Women and the Military 
Aug 11
1 – 2 pm

1968 Lounge, Great Hall

The 1968 Exhibit | Oakland Museum of California.


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