1968 Exhibit: Summer Nights at OMCA HALF PRICE

It's time to take a ride on the Wayback machine!  Let's groove on down to the Oakland Museum of California for the extremely cool and informative 1968 exhibit.  The last Friday of the month is OMCA's Summer Night's-and admssion is half price.  If you feel inspired, wear an accessory to commemorate 1968.  Be as groovy or tame as you feel.  But if the spirit moves you, by all means express yourself.  Wear comfortable shoes!!!  There is a 1968 lounge for discussion of the exhibit  for those who are interested.

Admission for adults is $6.00 seniors 65 and students $4.50 with valid id. 

Parking garage in Museum is 1.00 per hour with museum validation.  The closest BART station is Lake Merritt at Oak and 9th only one block from OMCA.

Some comments from Yelp reviewers of the 1968 exhibit: 

"Parts of it made me laugh, others parts broke my heart, it made me feel both old and young and I can't remember when I enjoyed an exhibit more.  This end of the month museum sponsored event also included a free movie, a beer tasting from Pyramid Brewery, and a tie-dye workshop. And to top it off, there were a couple of food trucks parked at the entrance along with the mythical Magic Bus."

"The exhibit about 1968 was a lot of fun especially since I did exist then and some of the displays brought back childhood memories. There were several interactive displays with a 1968 trivia game show, an actual voting booth, and a booth to create your own record album cover design (a la 60s mod styling).  In keeping with the theme there was a do-it-yourself tie dye activity with a white OMC scarf included in the admission price, a Pyramid beer tasting, outdoor movie screening, food trucks, and a sampling of the Magic Bus Tour."

http://www.yelp.com/biz/oakland-museum-of-california-oakland#query:1968%20exhibit

From the Oakland Museum of California Website: 

"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 an ambitious, state-of-the-art, multi-media 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."

http://www.the1968exhibit.org/about-exhibit

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting and entertaining show

    September 30, 2012

  • Robert

    For those who didn't show, you missed a good exhibit on '60 culture and events. Plus you really missed out on a classy free vodka tasting by square one organic vodka.

    September 29, 2012

  • Sherry

    Thank you, Sam!

    September 27, 2012

  • Janet P.

    Thanks for changing the time! That works much better for me.

    September 27, 2012

  • Sam

    Okay gang, I have heard your request for a later meeting time and have adjusted the time to 7 p.m. outside the Oakland Museum of Ca ticket booth. Aaaah...relax...arrive without having to rush.

    September 27, 2012

  • Sherry

    Same here...I'm at work all day and not sure I can make it exactly at 5 PM.

    September 27, 2012

    • Sam

      Hi Sherry! I have changed the meeting time to 7 p.m. due to an overwhelming number of requests....so no rush...we will meet at 7 near the ticket booth! See you tomorrow!

      September 27, 2012

  • Tony

    Any chance we can move to a later time to 5:45-6? I'm coming back from SF. Thanks

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time will we be meeting? At 5? Could it be a bit later for those in the city or working later?

    September 25, 2012

  • Todd

    Where will the group be meeting (e.g. near the ticket booth)?

    September 25, 2012

    • Sam

      Yes the ticket booth!

      September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've really been wanting to go to this exhibit but have a birthday party that night.

    September 3, 2012

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