Museum Closed

Saturday, May 30

Museum Closed

Saturday, May 30

Posted May 30th at 2:06pm

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will be closed on Saturday, May 30 due to a special event in the area. 

Taps at the Tower

June 21-27 at Sunset

Taps at the Tower

June 21-27 at Sunset

Posted May 21st at 2:59pm

Taps, a musical piece sounded at dusk and at funerals, has a rich and storied history in the United States. It has long been associated with the U.S. Military, and is often played at civilian events around the country.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial presents Taps at the Tower each evening at sunset from Sunday, June 21 – Saturday, June 27. Taps at the Tower links the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Museum and Memorial. The event will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the glass bridge inside the Museum. 

Sand to Snow

New Exhibition

Sand to Snow

New Exhibition

Posted April 29th at 8:58pm

The year 1915 was pivotal in terms of the world-wide involvement in the war. World War I was the first truly global war starting in Europe, then spreading to Africa, Asia and the Near East. The European powers mobilized their colonies and commonwealths around the world. Soldiers and laborers from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean were sent to Europe and the Near East to fight. Particularly, the British Commonwealth nations of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa made a decisive impact.

Open May 1, 2015 - April 10, 2016 in Exhibit Hall, Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 illustrates the convergence of diverse military, political, economic and social forces of the combatant nations and neutral countries. The faces, actions, voices and objects of the people, often from an individual viewpoint, serve as our guides. Their contributions and sacrifices are the central themes. 

2015 Battlefield Tour

Imperial German Army on the Western Front

2015 Battlefield Tour

Imperial German Army on the Western Front

Posted March 30th at 9:45pm

Following previous successful ventures to the Great War battlefields of the Western Front and Gallipoli, the time arrived to study the German soldier’s experiences on the Western Front for the Museum's 2015 Battlefield Tour. Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Drawn to War

New Exhibition

Drawn to War

New Exhibition

Posted March 19th at 9:21pm

Political cartoons, newly printed in vivid color during the war era, were widespread and quickly consumed by popular culture across national borders and language barriers. As with today, caricatures allowed artists and audiences to laugh, reflect and inform opinions of current events.

Open from March 24 - Oct. 18, 2015 in the Research Level Gallery Drawn to War  The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers  showcases the work of the artist described as the “supreme cartoonist of the war.”  Raemaekers used his pencils as a weapon to create powerful impressions characterizing and criticizing the nature and legacy of war.

Australian Infantry Uniform and Equipment

Recent Donation

Australian Infantry Uniform and Equipment

Recent Donation

Posted March 5th at 6:31pm

When the Australian Imperial Force was formed soon after the beginning of World War I in August 1914, a mobilization not only of men and women to serve on the war front and the home front had to occur, but also that of uniform, equipment and arms manufacturers. When the first Australian soldiers reached Egypt in late 1914, they were outfitted much like a recent acquisition to the Museum illustrates.

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