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."
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 ‚Äúchallenged, at home and abroad‚Äù in his State of the Union address; his successor, Richard Nixon, promised in his nomination acceptance speech that ‚Äúthe long, dark night for America is about to end.‚Äù 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."