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A World of Characters: Advertising Icons from the Warren Dotz Collection

SFO Museum

International Terminal

The SFO Museum curated some of the best of Warren’s collection—a collection comprising over three thousand American and International iconic advertising spokes-character figures, promotional artifacts and 1960s-80s product packaging. The exhibition in the San Francisco International Airport’s International Terminal received rave reviews on social media and appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle.


The exhibition opened July 2014 and ran for six months. Over three hundred and fifty Pop Culture artifacts occupied the South Galleries of the SFO International Terminal Main Hall. There were 20 large cases brimming full of advertising mascots accompanied by video kiosks and colorful poster art. There was also a 40 foot high poster announcing the event. The exhibition was pre-security and open to the general public with an estimate of over 2 million viewers through January 2015.
Enjoy the mini documentary about the SFO Museum’s exhibition: A World of Characters: Advertising Icons from the Warren Dotz Collection

SFO Museum

More about the SFO Museum:
Created in 1980, SFO Museum was the first cultural institution of its kind located in an international airport. In 1999, it also became the first exhibition program in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums. An ever-changing schedule of exhibitions on a diverse range of subjects provides an educational and cultural experience for more than 40 million passengers who use the Airport annually. SFO Museum has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport, and its exhibitions are an established tradition enjoyed by frequent visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area and travelers from all over the world.