Revolutions: Records and Rebels



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

Developed by the team behind the global smash hit David Bowie Is, Revolutions: Records and Rebels brings together more than 600 incredible objects from London’s V&A Museum and Museums Victoria’s collection to tell the story of 1966-70 as five years that shook the world.

Charting seismic shifts in music, politics, fashion, design and technology, this blockbuster exhibition is more than a trip down memory lane. It is a kaleidoscopic vision of the power of people. And the scale… is “mind-bending”.

Don your headphones and hear the needle drop on the likes of Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Joan Baez as Sennheiser’s specially-designed soundtrack responds to your surroundings in real time. Prepare yourself for “a stirring sonic experience”.

Enter Swinging London past a Vidal Sassoon hair salon, Mick Jagger’s jumpsuit and gorgeous stills from Antonioni’s Blow-Up. Behold a Jeff Banks mini-dress worn by Sandie Shaw and Bill Gibb’s sketches for Twiggy.

Feel the first tremors of Beatlemania rise to a fever pitch as you stand before John Lennon’s original Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band suit, his signature rounded spectacles and handwritten lyrics for ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.

Witness solidarity and horror on the streets of Paris and the grounds of Kent State University. Hear voices call out from the frontlines of Vietnam and the fight for constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in the 1967 Referendum.

Watch the crest of a new wave in feminism forming as the pill is introduced, The Female Eunuch is published and ponder the counterculture’s legacies of exclusion and misogyny on the frontiers of women’s liberation.

Reflect on the birth of the modern pride movement outside the Stonewall Inn as you peruse the United States’ first nationally-distributed lesbian magazine and a menu of refreshments from one of Australia’s earliest and most revered drag shows.

Sink into the floor as The Who dive into “My Generation” inside the exhibition’s stunning Woodstock audiovisual experience. Outside, come face-to-face with Roger Daltrey’s original outfit, Pete Townshend’s smashed guitar and a stage costume worn by Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick.

Fifty years on from moon landing, see handwritten reflections from Altona Primary School students beside a model Apollo lunar landing module, the Djinn lounge chair featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and an iconic space-age jumpsuit from Australian designer Prue Acton.

In a moment of unprecedented challenges, Revolutions: Records and Rebels offers a vital chance to reflect on the power of collective action and cultural upheaval. Come together.

★★★★ - Arts Hub

★★★★ - The Music

“I'm awestruck...” – Speaker TV

“If you've ever wanted to take a deep dive into some of the most iconic moments of the late 1960s, here's your chance.” – Concrete Playground

“Immersive...” – TimeOut

“Don't miss it.” ​– Urban List

“Incredible…” We Know Melbourne

Revolutions: Records and Rebels is a media rich exhibition with adult themes including violence, death, conflict and nudity. Please use your discretion if you are accompanying young children.  

Discounted after-hours viewing

Blak Night/White Night

Thursday 22 & Saturday 24 August

Melbourne Museum will open it's doors for White Night Reimagined, with live performances and free entry to the Science & Life galleries and Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. In addition, discounted entry is available for Revolutions: Rebels and Records

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Nocturnal x White Night Reimagined x RocKwiz Revolution

Friday 23 August | Adults 18+

Attend a special edition of adults-only event Nocturnal. Brian Nankervis and The RocKwiz Orkestra will pay tribute to the songs and artists featured in the fabulous exhibition, Revolutions: Records and Rebels. Discounted exhibition entry is available with your ticket. 

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Nocturnal x Blak & Bright

Friday 6 September | Adults 18+

Nocturnal, Blak & Bright Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival team up to present an unmissable celebration of First Nations artists of all disciplines inside Melbourne Museum. Featuring Birdz, The Merindas, DRMNGNOW, DJ KYAANZ and Soju-Gang. Discounted exhibition entry is available with your ticket.

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