Smithsonian Museum acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership

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Smithsonian Museum acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership


Smithsonian Museum acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership

The Mothership is the centerpiece stage prop used by Clinton and his multiple bands during their live concert performances. This object is a near-exact replica of the slightly larger Mothership that was used exclusively at the closing moments of concerts during the height of the band’s popularity from 1976-1981. This replica prop was built in the mid 1990s and used on the “Mothership Reconnection Tour”.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture have acquired The Mothership, the iconic stage prop made famous by George Clinton’s legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic in their live shows. The ship, which has been donated by Clinton, will help anchor a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens in Washington, D.C in 2015.

The Mothership Donation

More info :

May 19, 2011 –
Smithsonian acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership

June 02, 2011 –
How Bernie Walden helped the Mothership land at the Smithsonian

June 15, 2011 –
Smithsonian Wants George Clinton’s Funk

June 21, 2012 –
George Clinton’s Mothership


  1. mott says:

    Smithsonian Museum! YES! As it SHOULD BE.!!!! Congrats and respect! Glad Our Gubmint finally honors the Funk. I wanna be there for the Opening.Please keep us posted.One Nation Million Funkateer March to our national treasure! Who is in?

  2. Rhythmdvl says:

    Yes! When did they find the Mothership? I thought it was lost in time and space (and the Maryland woods)… so glad to hear it!

  3. malcolm pinckney says:

    Fust saw George and the band at BB Kings in New York City. Still on the One and tight as ever,

  4. Zhane D says:

    Yes…..FINALLY!!!! I remember seeing the Mothership land first at Madison Square Garden and followed to Philly and DC. Much respect and props to the pioneer of funk. Am so happy to hear a true piece of funk will forever be preserved. Again much respect

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