The eruption of Beatlemania in Australia was more intense than anywhere in the world. For thirteen days in 1964 the nation was held in a kind of euphoria, captivated by the talent, the songs and the charm of the Fab Four on their concert tour.
This exhibition presents the sights and sounds of Beatlemania — the arrivals, the press conferences, the concerts and the screaming fans – through newsreel footage, television reports, radio coverage, magazines and press clippings.
It looks at how Australians responded to The Beatles and the tour’s lasting impact on Australian music and culture.
Rarely seen objects from museums, fans and collectors are displayed. Documents drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Kenn Brodziak Collection provide a glimpse into the intense planning undertaken in the weeks and months leading up to The Beatles’ arrival.
Developed by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Consultant: Glenn A. Baker
Plan Your Experience
Curator Peter Cox discusses ‘The Beatles in Australia’ exhibition, 2013-2014.
Audio and video interviews from those who experienced The Beatles in Australia.
Curator Peter Cox and Exhibition Designer Malcolm McKernan talk about creating the exhibition.
A series of video interviews about The Beatles with the historian and the curator.
Follow the schedule and hype of The Beatles’ tour to Australia.
Understand The Beatles in Australia in the context of Australian news and entertainment events.
View The Beatles’ Australian tour in the context of 1960s world events.