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American POP

American POP
COVID-19 Safety Exhibit Updates:
Some low-touch interactive elements within American POP are open. These touchable elements are sanitized by staff frequently, and sanitizing wipes are provided for your use. The following high-touch elements are closed or have been removed for your health and safety:
  • Vintage clothing costumes for dress-up have been removed.
  • Small mannequins for creating original fashions have been removed.
  • Magnetic self-expression patches have been removed.
  • The play table with toddlers’ toys and canvas books have been removed.
  • Art supplies have been removed from the Draw a Superhero interactive.

All Children's Museum exhibits will have capacity limits. Museum staff will monitor occupancy and if capacity is reached, staff will admit visitors to the exhibit when others leave.

American POP will be closed for cleaning several times throughout the day. Pick up a handout of the day's cleaning times when you arrive at the museum.

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.   

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

Fashion
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! 

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.