Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National World War I Museum and Memorial will host a series of special exhibitions, programs, and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum's offerings are below. See the Museum's Upcoming Events for a full list of programs.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918

Traveling Exhibition

Posted: February 27, 2017

Michael St Maur Sheil’s portraits of WWI battlefields are featured in an outdoor photographic exhibition which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness: the fields of battle themselves. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance. Open March 31 – Oct. 31, 2017

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In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace

Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I
April 6, 2017

Posted: February 08, 2017

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is honored to host America's national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States' entry into the Great War. Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry in World War I," will be held on April 6, 2017.

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Posters as Munitions

Opens Feb. 21, 2017, Memory Hall

Posted: January 09, 2017
Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly and lastingly. Posters as Munitions, 1917 showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication. This new exhibition will be on view in Memory Hall, Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018.  Read More

Wacht im Osten: German Encounters with the East in World War I

Oct. 25, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Ellis Gallery

Posted: September 28, 2016
Wacht im Osten “Watch in the East” explores this encounter between the German soldier and the land and people he found himself trying to understand. An example of this is the Belarusian village of Iwje, which is depicted using commercial photo postcards illustrating its diverse mix of religious cultures, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim. The exhibition’s narrative unfolds mainly through the stories of two German soldiers: Georg Oertel and Friedrich Volkmann.  Read More

Symposium: November 4-5, 2016

1916 | Total War

Posted: June 22, 2016
At the Museum's 2016 Symposium (Nov. 4-5) explore the pivotal year of 1916, where global socio-political tensions created by World War I continued escalation and irrevocably changed the economic, military, and cultural landscape of the world.  Read More

They Shall Not Pass | 1916

May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Exhibit Hall

Posted: April 28, 2016
Mud and mayhem, death and destruction, staggering unnecessary losses. All aptly describe the two pivotal battles of 1916, the Somme and Verdun. The attack by British and French forces was meant to break the Western Front stalemate. It did not.

They Shall Not Pass | 1916, on display May 6, 2016 – March 12, 2017 in Exhibit Hall, sheds light on the personal side of the conflict.   Read More