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Revolutions: Records and Rebels




Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Five years that shook the world

Revolutions: Records and Rebels looks at the late 1960s as a moment when youth culture drove optimistic idealism, motivating people to come together and question the establishment across every area of society.

Developed by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, with a sound experience by Sennheiser, the exhibition uses film, music and rare artefacts to consider the seismic changes of this period and the impact they had on the way we live today and the influence it had on how we think about tomorrow.

More than 500 objects from the V&A and Museums Victoria's own collection will take visitors on an immersive ride through the events, voices and technological advancements that defined the cultural and political vanguard of the period - from the fashion, art and music of Swinging London, to anti-Vietnam War protests, to the fight for civil rights and recognition of Australia's First Peoples in the 1967 referendum, to communal moments such as Woodstock and Sunbury.

Highlights on display include John Lennon's iconic glasses and the suit worn on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the original illustration of the Beatles' "Revolutions" artwork and handwritten lyrics for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"; Mick Jagger's signature stage costume and a guitar smashed on stage by The Who's Pete Townshend.

Revolutions: Records and Rebels offers an unmissable chance to traverse the foundations of our present. In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

Revolutions: Records and Rebels Mixtape


After hours viewing

Visit the exhibition after hours for an evening of music and storytelling. Come along to Talking About A Revolution on selected Thursday nights in June.

You can also see Revolutions: Records and Rebels at Nocturnal, our after hours party on the first Friday of every month.

Corporate hospitality

Please contact Restaurant Associates at Melbourne Museum for package pricing – call 03 8341 7400 or email [email protected].