RCA to Apple
Explore the evolution of consumer electronics and mass media from RCA to Apple. Here, you’ll see a large collection of gadgets, games, computers, and cameras from across the decades. In the process, you’ll learn more about where the devices we use every day come from, as well as the history of your favorite media memories.
Look back in time at the history of television, from the first Super Bowl to Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind. Relive the evolution of TVs, cameras, and video games from massive steel-and-wood furniture pieces to luxuries most of us carry in our pockets. Witness the birth of ARPANET and its growth and shift from an experiment between two universities into the World Wide Web.
Everybody’s life has a soundtrack. Rediscover yours with a look back at the golden age of radio. Get a sneak-peek inside a radio station’s broadcast booth during the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll. See how your Pandora or Spotify-equipped smartphone has a bigger family tree than you might think with a look at generations of portable electronics. Experience the ways in which people of all generations have communicated with each other and made memories linked with music.
A Cultural Revolution
Step back to the beginning of the Cold War. Hear Winston Churchill on a Philco Radio warning of the Iron Curtain descending across Europe. Peek behind that curtain and see Soviet propaganda posters. Learn to duck and cover under a school desk with Bert the Turtle. Experience a fallout shelter designed for safety during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Meet heroes of the Civil Rights movement, including some of the first African-American students to graduate from WTAMU. Learn about soldiers from the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars as you see their uniforms and weapons. Finally, experience the jubilation that came with the fall of the Berlin Wall and look at a fragment of the structure that had divided a city, a country, and the world.
Popular Art and Counterculture
Through today’s eyes, The Big Bopper or Buddy Holly may not look rebellious, but consider the panic caused by Elvis’s hips on the Ed Sullivan Show and a revolutionary picture begins to emerge. Follow The Beatles career—from their slightly-shaggy appearance during the “Love Me Do” era to the Technicolor outfits and flowers of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rock ‘n’Roll always had a rebellious streak.Experience it from the very beginning.
The counterculture’s critiques of Vietnam, Watergate, and the waning trust in America’s institutions were reflected in popular art as well. See a disillusioned Captain America abandon his WWII-era patriotic garb to become Nomad in Captain America #180.
From the ascent of rock ‘n’ roll to the birth of Harry Potter, see how the world shaped pop culture and how pop culture shaped the world in A Cultural Revolution.
A Day in the Life
No matter the decade in which you grew up, you’ll find something familiar in one of the six bedrooms on display in A Day in the Life. Half the bedrooms (1950s, 70s, and 90s) belong to boys, and the movie posters, games, toys, and clothes in the closet reflect a young man’s developing interests. The 1960s, 80s, and 2000s are girls’ rooms. Experience the evolution of fashion before your eyes, from Jackie Kennedy to Madonna to Sienna Miller. Finally, try on some of those outlandish fashions at the interactive textile corner!
Relive your favorite movie moments in the PPHM Theater! You can almost smell the popcorn as you plop down in a beanbag chair and revisit James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause or feel your stomach tighten when you hear Jaws’ suspenseful theme song. With trailers, clips, quotes, and unforgettable moments from Hollywood’s most influential films, you’ll be able to share some classic favorites with your friends and family at the PPHM Theater!