Museum on Main exhibit about 1970s opens today

8-track tapes, Jaws posters, even '70s' hair styles on display

The Museum on Main will open a new exhibit Wednesday featuring interactive displays, clothes including bell bottoms and plenty of boogie music from the 1970s.

The exhibit, originally developed by the Hayward Area Historical Society, revisits the fads and fashions of the "Me" decade, from the hits of TV, radio and movie theaters to the toys and games that shaped childhoods.

Visitors will find themselves surrounded by iconic images and objects from the era, such as 8-track tapes, posters for Jaws and Saturday Night Fever, first-generation Star Wars merchandise, Tiger Beat pinups of David Cassidy and Erik Estrada, an Atari 2600 video game console and classic TV commercials.

The exhibit will also feature interactives in which visitors can "Feel the '70s" with such textures as shag carpet and Naugahyde. They will also have the opportunity to try on the great hairstyles of the '70s with cutout posters of Farrah Fawcett, Burt Reynolds and other style icons of the decade.

The exhibit will open with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. There is no admission fee, but donations are always appreciated.

For more information, call (925) 462-2766 or send an email to

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