Flashbulb memories are a kind of collective memory, usually involving news events where one can vividly picture the moment indefinitely. In this exhibit, you will be taken back in time through the decades, the galleries staged to look like living spaces through time as you experience memories of these decades firsthand. For instance, let us transport you to a living room in 1969. You are four years old, and your parents sit you down in front of the television to watch Neil Armstrong set foot upon the moon, a legendary, “one giant leap for mankind.” You are young, but you distinctly remember the emotion of the moment and the recognition that you are one of millions of people watching the exact same instance play out. This is what it means to experience a flashbulb memory.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the memories of our past, unpack how they changed society, and share your memories and hopes for the future as you explore decades of living memory and examine just why these moments shape us down to our very biology.

Masks are required and reservations are recommended.