Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe
A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
Military band concerts and other musical programs
Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
POW camps discussion forums
World War II legacy symposiums
Homefront war effort programs
"Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
World War II Re-enactors