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.

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

Rearranging History: Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre

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

Posted: November 30, 2010

What happened to the world's largest painting? Kansas City artist Daniel MacMorris helped the Museum and Memorial 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.

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