Past Rotating Exhibits

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Driven to Drive: Defining Our Identity

Monday May 16, 2016 to Monday January 9, 2017

The automobile transformed the way Americans lived and how they defined their identities. This exhibit explores how the evolution of car designs and functions reflected the progression of twentieth century America. 

In partnership with the Houston Automobile & Transportation Museum, this exhibit tells the story of the automobile through historical objects, interactive media and hands-on displays, highlighting cars beginning with the 1950s through the present and into the future.

In addition, there will be short termed displays and events that focus on other historically significant and popular cars throughout the run of the exhibit. There will be a speakers series based on the automobile theme and the Education Department will focus on related topics for programs and summer camps.


Group 1:  1950s Exhibit dates: May 16 – July 31, 2016

 -1955 Corvette                                                 

-1955 Thunderbird  

-1957 Chevy Bel Air                                                         

-1957 Chevy Nomad wagon

-1959 Cadillac Series 62

Group 2:  1960s Exhibit dates: August 8 – October 16, 2016

-1963 Corvette w/split rear window

-1965 Mustang  

-1966 Mustang GT-350 Shelby

-1966 GTO                                                    

-1969 Camaro V8 (Copo)

-1967 Dodge Charger

-1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi


Group 3:  1970's and Beyond Exhibit dates: October 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

-Prius hybrid                                                                                    

- 2017 Nissan Leaf SV (all electric)

- 2017 Toyota Prius 

- 2017 Ford F150                                      

- 2017 Chrysler Pacifica                                             

- 2017 Jeep Cherokee 

- 2017 BMW 340i Sedan

- Lincoln MKZ Autonomous Vehicle (On loan from the TAMU Department of Engineering) through November 28

Additional Cars:

-1915 Model T Touring

- Custom Aggie truck