After being shut down for more than a year, “Springsteen: His Hometown,” an exhibition at the Monmouth County Historical Association in Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold, is beginning sponsor access this weekend, and will reopen to the general public on May 27. It will remain open through July 31.
According to the MCHA web site, “MCHA will be adhering to all current CDC and New Jersey health and safety guidelines. Facial masks will be required while in the museum.”
Click here to read my original review of the exhibition, which opened in September 2019 but had to close in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Springsteen himself made a guest appearance at the 2019 opening celebration, performing with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers.
The exhibition features about 150 items from the MCHA’s collection and from the collection of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, as well as items loaned from Springsteen’s family and management, fan-created art, and fan-taken photos.
As I wrote last year: “There have been other Springsteen exhibitions over the years, of course, at various locations. But what makes this one … unique and special is the fact that it doesn’t just tell the story of Springsteen’s career, but also takes a deep look at his family roots, and the environment into which he was born.”
For information, visitmonmouthhistory.org.