Growing Up X | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

January 28, 2023 - September 4, 2023
Mo-Sa 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Su Noon - 4:30 p.m

Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring Street, Springfield
(217) 782-7386




The exhibition explores the toys, technologies and cultural touchstones surrounding Gen Xers in their childhood. Museum visitors will see items familiar to anyone who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, from telephones with cords, record and cassette players, and an Apple IIe computer to Teddy Ruxpin and parachute pants. Additionally, they will learn how growing up in the shadow of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the AIDS crisis and the War on Drugs shaped Gen Xers as individuals and a generation.