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.

Revolutions! 1917

April 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018, Exhibit Hall

Posted: March 29, 2017

The Centennial exhibition showcases the incredible events that occurred worldwide from America’s official entry into the war and Russia’s upheavals from an Imperial state to Bolshevik rule. The stalemated battles on the Western Front and in other theaters and troubles on the home fronts also led to societal changes, mutinies and revolts. Exhibition open April 7, 2017 – April 8, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.

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Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome Their American Ally

March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017, Ellis Gallery

Posted: March 02, 2017

When the U.S. entered WWI in April 1917, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students to write essays and express in drawings how this would affect their lives. A century later, Le Vieux Montmartre Historical Society loans 30 of these drawings and two essays on this subject to be on exhibit the first time anywhere in the world. Exhibition open March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017

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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

Open Feb. 21, 2017 - Sept. 2, 2018, 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 – Sept. 2, 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