Explore the days of pink flamingos, “duck and cover” drills, transistor radios, and more at the Beall-Dawson Museum in this captivating new exhibit that examines Montgomery County as an archetypal American suburb. 

In addition to the hundreds of objects on display, you’ll love BOOM ‘s hands-on features. Explore the county on our interactive digital map to track how development of schools, roads, shopping, and much more transformed the landscape. And make sure to throw on a letter sweater at our recreated Hot Shoppes booth–the perfect photo op!


BOOM isn’t just an exhibit, but a year of experiences. Delve deeper into topics such as racial segregation in Maryland, the Nuclear Age in Montgomery County, the history of local businesses, and more with our BOOM Speaker Series. And explore various aspects of life in the decade with special programs and some really ‘hip’ events throughout the year. Be there or be square!


The BOOM Speakers Series


BOOM was made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors (through October 1):