Past Rotating Exhibits


Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics exhibit

Monday March 2, 2020 to Monday December 7, 2020

Louder Than Words provides visitors an insight into how music has both shaped and reflected complex societal issues from the Eisenhower administration through today. This exhibit features exclusive video interviews with iconic entertainers, hands-on activities, photographs, and other artifacts covering eight controversial topics: Civil Rights, LGBT+ Issues, Feminism, War & Peace, Censorship, Political Campaigns, Political Causes, and International Politics. 

Displayed artifacts include Original Village People stage costumes, handwritten lyrics from Chuck Berry’s "School Day," and Neil Young’s “Ohio.” More than 50 artists and political figures are featured in the exhibit, including Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, John Lennon, Bono, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter, and more.

Curators from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Newseum worked with veteran music journalist, author, and television producer Bill Flanagan (VH1 Storytellers, CMT Crossroads, CBS News Sunday Morning) to create this unique exhibition. 

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