MoDH Presents “Stranger Times”

This coming fall, the Museum of Durham History unveils a new main gallery exhibit: Stranger Times, an exploration of both the contemporary and the nostalgic through popular culture. This project uses the idea of the “Upside-Down” from the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Stranger Things as an analogy for the experience of life and coming of age during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. As the show centers on teens dealing with unusual happenings in their town, the museum will highlight the reflections of Durham teen experiences with COVID-19 and the associated stay-at-home order. 

Stranger Times features the stories of teenagers, their experiences during the pandemic, and how their lives and community were turned “upside down”.  This exhibit will also explores the childhood of the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, and how their upbringing in the Bull City influenced their creative choices in developing Stranger Things.


This exhibit and the associated public programs in development emphasize the importance of community engagement and participation at the core of the Museum of Durham History’s mission and values. The collection of stories concerning the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to our personal histories. If you would like to share these memories with us, we would be honored to document them.

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Photo Credits: Deryle Daniels, Jr., Durham, North Carolina 2020-21