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American POP

American TV shows, movies, music, fashion, and more—American POP is a new permanent exhibit for visitors to explore pop culture, how we shape it, and how it shapes us.   

Turn up the volume. See the evolution of music players and play a guessing game of covers versus original tunes. 

Imagine striking a pose in a Versace suit or jumping into a selection of over 200 cowboy boots. Recognize trends from the past, and try a few things on to become your own fashion icon.  

Toys & Games
Did you have one of these? Did you have one of those? Rediscover your favorite toys and games and share your favorite memories with the family. 

Film & TV
No need for antennas here. We're covering classic TV and movies along with their famous props and storylines. 

Comics & Literature
It’s a bird, it’s a plane—it’s YOU as a superhero in American POP! See issues from the Max Simon comic book collection, items from our Batman® collection, then put you and your extraordinary family on a comic book cover and send it home! 

Where old becomes new...there are always classic collection items rotating in American POP. Find what you relate to!

Located on Level 2.

Advance tickets encouraged!

American POP is included with museum general admission and membership. Save up to 25% when you buy at least two weeks in advance. For unlimited visits, become a member today!

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The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture are made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment Inc., Mel and Bren Simon, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Gerald and Dorit Paul, Thelma L. “T” Wilds, Sharon W. Doiron, and Shirley S. Bryant.

We would like to help you prepare ahead of time for some of the sights and sounds you will experience at The Children's Museum. Here's what you can expect in this exhibit.

Contains loud noises Contains low light Contains tactile opportunity

You can find more information and tools on our Sensory Resources page.