Experience a cultural revolution at Melbourne Museum

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WATCH THE VIDEO: Step back in time to the swinging sixties at Melbourne Museum’s latest showstopper.

Revolutions: Records and Rebels brings together more than 600 objects to capture the momentous cultural story of five stirring years between 1966-70.  

During that period fifty years ago, The Beatles recorded in Abbey Road Studios for the last time, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, a generation came together at Woodstock, half a million marched in Washington D.C. in protest of the Vietnam War, the contraceptive pill was introduced, and Australia's First Peoples were recognised in the 1967 referendum.

It was a whirlwind era of seismic socio-political upheaval and it’s brilliantly documented in the audio and visual spectacle, Revolutions; Records and Rebels a show direct from London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), with additional Australian references.

Some rights we take for granted today came about because of the rebels and rule-breakers from the sixties and this exhibition connects audiences with that time.

And if you’re a fan of music of the era, prepare to be indulged. You’ll view the first guitar smashed on stage by The Who’s Pete Townsend, The Beatles’ handwritten lyrics for ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ and Mick Jagger’s jumpsuit. As well, listen to a headset playlist as you move through the exhibition featuring Bob Dylan's ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and Jimi Hendrix riffing at Woodstock in 1969, plus many other iconic songs from the sixties.  

In the words of 1960s counterculture journalist, Hunter S. Thompson: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

The exhibition runs until 6 October.  Visit Melbourne Museum’s website for details.