Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National WWI 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.

Franz Ferdinand Assassination Commemoration

June 28, 2014

Posted: May 01, 2014
Two shots fired outside a delicatessen in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 forever changed the world. The assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, placed the world on the brink and prompted a series of events resulting in the outbreak of World War I. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the assassination with several public programs and a free public ceremony on Saturday, June 28. The Museum will extend its hours from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Read More

War Fare

From the Homefront to the Frontlines

Posted: April 28, 2014

The National WWI Museum and Memorial addresses an often overlooked aspect of the war: food. In addition to reviewing the effects of food on World War I, the digital exhibition War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines includes photographs, comments and even delicious vintage recipes updated for the modern era.

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Over By Christmas

May 3 - April 12, 2015 in Exhibit Hall

Posted: April 18, 2014

Many thought World War I would be over in days, surely by Christmas. To many, Christmas was a time of peace and goodwill towards others, the Celebration of the Prince of Peace. Each cause was just. God was on their side, but the war was not over by Christmas. This exhibition is included with Museum and Memorial admission and free for members.

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On the Brink

March 15 - Nov. 9, 2014 in Memory Hall

Posted: February 27, 2014
A hungry teenage assassin and a wrong turn forever changed the world. View the special exhibition examining the underground organizations, diplomatic communications and international newspaper reporting of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and its political aftershock.   Read More


An International Centennial Planning Conference - March 22-24, 2013

Posted: March 01, 2013
The National World War I Museum hosted an international WWI Centennial planning conference during March 22-24, 2013, whose purpose was for participants to present and discuss plans for observing and commemorating the War’s centennial and network ideas at institutional and personal levels. Eight countries were represented by featured speakers, panelists and attendees including Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Turkey, Slovakia and Japan.  Read More

Images of the Great War: European Offensives 1914-1916

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

Posted: February 26, 2012
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