Coming to the River Museum: POPnology Opens Memorial Day Weekend 

This Memorial Day weekend, Stage Nine Exhibitions and The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are excited to open the POPnology traveling exhibit for all general admission guests. The exhibit, which has toured throughout the United States and Canada, will explore how science and technology play a role in our everyday lives. Guests will be able to discover this through the four featured areas: How We Play, How We Connect, How We Move, and How We Live & Work.

Some of the greatest works of popular culture inspired technology will be showcased, with guests seeing the fusion of science fiction and science fact. From experiencing a virtual world with virtual reality to learning about several amazing innovators and authors, guests will be able to see how imagination and dreams have become reality.

POPnology will feature several special exhibits:

  • A full-scale replica of the Delorean Time Machine
  • Local Motors showcasing the Strati, the world’s first 3D printed car
  • Virtual Reality projection games
  • Jet pack from Disney™’s The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney™’s Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™, and much more.

“We’re excited to bring in an exhibit that truly has something for all ages. Adults will feel like kids again when seeing some of their favorite movies represented and kids will love all the interactive pieces like the Oculus Rift™ VR sets,” said Creative Services Manager Johanna Talerico. “We hope that this exhibit inspires adults and children alike to keep pushing the boundaries and dreaming of what could be the next big idea.”

Officially opening May 27, POPnology will have something for everyone, and really leave guests will a new understanding of how technology is used in our everyday lives, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. POPnology will be available to all guests with general admission tickets, and will be running through September 4, 2023. There is a River Museum members celebration event on May 26, and members are encouraged to RSVP at

POPnology is distributed by Exhibits Development Group and produced by Stage Nine Exhibit Design. Supported locally by 97.7 Country, WGLR, the Diamond Jo Casino, KWWL, ImOn Communications, and the Grand Harbor Resort.

About the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. A Smithsonian Affiliate and an accredited member of both the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the River Museum’s collections contain more than 41,000 historical items and over 2,000 animals of more than 250 species representative of the Mississippi River, its watershed, the rivers of America, and beyond. Learn more at

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