Past  Exhibits

Engines Exposed (2015)
January 10–March 15, 2015
A look under the hood at more than 40 memorable engines on the Museum floor, including our Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible, our 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, the 1963 Chrysler Gas Turbine and the remarkable 1916 Woods Dual Power Hybrid Coupe, a car 80 years ahead of its time.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2014–2015)
October 3, 2014–January 4, 2015
An exclusive exhibition of football’s most iconic artifacts, celebrating the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary.

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power (2014)
May 17–August 17, 2014
A collection of artifacts from the women who shaped the world of music, direct from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition™ (2013–2014)
October 26, 2013–January 26, 2014
An adventure behind the scenes of the record-breaking film, including special IMAX screenings and a look at the technology used to create the world of Pandora.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s (2013)
April 27–September 2, 2013

An exploration of the modernist architecture and design witnessed by visitors to World’s Fairs between 1933 and 1940: visions of a brighter future during the worst economic crisis the United States has known.

LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition (2012–2013)
November 3, 2012–February 24, 2013
Some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, recreated in miniature—using only LEGO® bricks.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (2012)
March 31–September 30, 2012
The largest touring exhibition of items from the Titanic, including over 300 artifacts, extensive room re-creations, and a full-scale replicas of the Grand Staircase.

The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition (2011–2012)
October 1, 2011–January 9, 2012
The first ever Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic.

Discovering the Civil War Exhibit (2011)
May 21–September 5, 2011
Rare and original Civil War stories, photos, and artifacts gathered by the National Archives to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the conflict between the states.

George Washington Carver (20102011)
November 6, 2010–February 28, 2011
A look at the life and work of agricultural visionary George Washington Carver.

PLAY (2010)
June 19–September 19, 2010
Bowling, dominos, foosball, and more favorite games, reimagined in larger-than-life, all-body interactive fashion.

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller (2010)
February 6–April 25, 2010
Work from famed Herman Miller designers, such as George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, shows that furniture can be both beautiful and functional.

Engines Exposed (2010)
January 9 – January 31, 2010
A look under the hood of many memorable vehicles in the Museum.

LEGO® Castle Adventure (2009–2010)
October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010
Build and explore medieval castles with large-scale versions of LEGO® blocks.

Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 (2009)
May 16–September 7, 2009
A collection of 20 new cars and 50 guitars from rock and roll’s elite.

Out of this World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television (2008–2009)
October 11, 2008–January 11, 2009
Costumes from popular films and television shows, such as Batman, Indiana Jones, and Star Trek provide a new perspective on the world of visual storytelling.

Chocolate: The Exhibition (2008)
May 31–September 7, 2008
A journey through the history of America’s favorite sweet treat, including video, interactive displays, and over 200 artifacts.

Quilting Genius 2: The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter (2008)
February 15–April 27, 2008
A poignant look at daily life for African Americans living in the Jim Crow South through a collection of 30 unique quilts created by Susana Allen Hunter from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi (2007–2008)
November 3, 2007–January 15, 2008Explore the unique genius and deep friendship of two of the world’s most forward-thinking designers through the artistic and architectural pieces created from Fuller and Noguchi’s shared vision of life as an exploration of ideas.

Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars (2007)
June 9–September 30, 2007
The original exhibition of cars, guitars, and other memorabilia collected from some of rock and roll’s biggest icons.

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design (2007)
February 3–April 29, 2007
More than 30 objects from the creative design partnership of Charles and Ray Eames, the duo who revolutionized the world of furniture design in form and function, celebrate the 50th anniversary of an iconic chair. 

Tasha Tudor's Spirit of the Holidays (2006–2007)
November 4, 2006–January 1, 2007
Timeless imagery of the holiday season, including rarely-seen original works from the artist and cherished mementos of Tudor’s own childhood.

Baseball as America (2006)
March 11–September 5, 2006
A special collection of baseball’s most significant artifacts, organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland® (2005–2006)
September 30, 2005–January 8, 2006
The first exhibition of Walt Disney Imagineering art and artifacts focused on Disneyland to be widely displayed in the United States, including 250 pieces of original Imagineering artwork, hand-crafted models, construction drawings, and marketing materials tracing the growth and history of the California landmark.

Vintage Couture: The 1920s–1960s Fashions of Elizabeth Parke Firestone (2005)
March 4–July 13, 2005
The world of high fashion and sophisticated style through 50 dresses and 200 accessories from one of America’s best dressed women, Elizabeth Parke Firestone.

Heads Up! Historic Parade Figures 1940s–1980s (20042005)
November 23, 2004–January 2, 2005
Approximately 72 papier-mâché parade heads created from 1940 through the 1980s, on loan from The Parade Company for the first time.

Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights (2004)
June 15–September 15, 2004
Explore the soundtrack to the sexual revolution and a hugely influential musical trend that still invokes nostalgia and touches dance floors around the world.

Quilting Genius (2004)
February 14–May 9, 2004
Learn how quilters—most of them women—take ordinary scraps on hand and turn them into something extraordinary.

Bond, James Bond (2003–2004)
June 20, 2003–January 11, 2004
Behind-the-scenes exploration of the world-class production processes that made Bond films an international phenomenon.