Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National WWI Museum and Memorial hosted a series of special exhibitions, programs and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum and Memorial's offerings during this time are below.

See our current Upcoming Events for a full list of programs and check out the front page of our website for more recent activities.

Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI

Jan. 29, 2019 – Sept. 2, 2019, Wylie Gallery

Posted: December 20, 2018
“Remember Me.” “Souvenir de France.” “Mother Dear.” “Merci!” These and countless other sentiments are expressed in the fabric art that came from World War I. Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI explores manifestations of remembrance through striking and moving works from the Museum and Memorial’s collection. Exhibition open Jan. 29, 2019 – Sept. 2, 2019 in the Wylie Gallery.  Read More

Nov. 11, 1918

Armistice on the Western Front

Posted: October 11, 2018
On Nov. 11, 1918, after more than four years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. Although fighting continued elsewhere, the armistice between Germany and the Allies was the first step to ending World War I. Learn more about the Armistice of the war, one hundred years ago.  Read More

Armistice Commemoration

Nov. 2‑11, 2018

Posted: October 06, 2018
Join us for an array of activities as we commemorate the Armistice of the first global war in human history. Activities include: free admission for veterans/active duty military and half-price general admission to the public (Nov. 9-11); free Research Stations to find your WWI connection (Nov. 9-11); Armistice Day Ceremony featuring moving readings of poems and letters from soldiers, musical performances and more (Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.); the Walk of Honor Brick Dedication Ceremony (Nov. 11, 2 p.m.) and much more.  Read More

Make Way for Democracy!

Google Arts & Culture

Posted: June 29, 2018
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

For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI

June 29 – Nov. 11, 2018, Wylie Gallery

Posted: May 22, 2018
Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by the New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects. Featured items including Irving Berlin’s draft registration card and the handwritten draft of the Balfour Declaration, which eventually paved the way for the establishment of the Jewish state. Exhibition open June 29 - Nov. 11, 2018 in the Wylie Gallery.  Read More

War Around Us: Soldier Artist Impressions

May 22, 2018 - March 3, 2019, Ellis Gallery

Posted: April 17, 2018
Creating art when surrounded by war seems contradictory. Artists Jean Lefort, Curtiney George Foote, Charles Thatcher Shellabarger, Myron Chapin and Jean Berne-Bellecour demonstrate several ways one can capture wartime experiences using the fields, villages, and people who witnessed the devastation of WWI, in War Around Us: Soldier Artist Impressions. The exhibition is open May 22, 2018 – March 3, 2019 in the Ellis Gallery.   Read More