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.

The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919

Traveling Exhibition

Posted: March 22, 2016
American volunteer organizations contributed immensely to the well-being and welfare of the American men and women serving the American military in WWI, but also to peoples in the war-torn countries around the globe. This special exhibition produced in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs shares their inspirational stories.  Read More

Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916

March 29 - Oct. 9, 2016, Research Level Gallery

Posted: February 26, 2016
World War I brought radical changes in society, art and culture. These shifts were reflected in the art of the time, with works produced ranging from those reminiscent of the 19th century pictorial style to art that reflected the modern and abstract revolution. Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916 focuses on the art and events of the first two years of the Great War featuring artists from eight different countries.  Read More

Make Way for Democracy!

Google Arts & Culture

Posted: January 29, 2016
Created in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, the new digital exhibition Make Way for Democracy! portrays the lives of African Americans during the war through a series of rare images, documents and objects.  Read More

Rearranging History: Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre

Dec. 15, 2015 - March 27, 2016, Memory Hall

Posted: November 30, 2015
What happened to the world's largest painting? Kansas City artist Daniel MacMorris helped the Museum acquire the Panthéon de la Guerre in 1956. He then cut and pasted sections from the huge canvas, rearranged them, painted in new individuals and fit the newly configured composition to the north wall of Memory Hall, where it remains today. The exhibition explores the vast fragments left behind by MacMorris – the majority having never been seen in public since the Panthéon's last showing in its entirety in 1940.  Read More

The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War

Nov. 3, 2015 - March 6, 2016, Research Level Gallery

Posted: October 20, 2015
This exhibition of predominantly French WWI artwork aligns with the quasi-myths of wartime nursing as described by author Christine Hallett: the courageous voluntary aid detachment, the romantic nurse and the “nurse-as-heroine.” On loan from the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.  Read More

Symposium: November 6-7, 2015

Global War, 1915 | Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli and an America Divided

Posted: August 03, 2015
Explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. Follow the trajectories of different countries around the world as the conflict escalated to total war, including fighting in the colonies and East Asia, stalemate in the West, Churchill’s disaster at Gallipoli, mobilization at home, and the polarization of American society around the issue of war.  Read More