NOTICE: Andrew Higgins Drive is temporarily closed to vehicles and pedestrians between Camp Street and Magazine Street for the construction of a new Founders Plaza at The National WWII Museum. The Museum's main entrance for the duration of construction is at 945 Magazine Street.
Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 30
Memorial Day honors the men and women who preserved our freedom by giving all for their country. This Memorial Day, the Museum highlights the artifacts, images, and stories in our collection that honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in one of the world's darkest hours.
Visit mymemorialday.org for the schedule of events and for more information.
NOTE: Closing May 30
Fighting For the Right To Fight: African American Experiences in WWII
Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII chronicles the incredible stories of the thousands of African Americans who rushed to enlist at the start of the war, intent on serving the country that treated them as second-class citizens. The special exhibit discusses how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.
Don't delay—plan your visit today to see this special exhibit before it closes May 30!
Memorial Day at the Museum
Commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day
Meet the Author
On May 26, 2016, after 24 championship rounds, the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee saw the crowning of two co-champion spellers, Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga. 74 years ago today, the 18th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee was held with eleven-year-old Richard Earnhart from El Paso, Texas taking the top prize. Earnhart captured the […]
Home Front Friday is a regular series that highlights the can do spirit on the Home Front during World War II and illustrates how that spirit is still alive today! Last Saturday was National Armed Forces Day! You may be able to imagine why this special day is so near and dear to the Museum. Before […]
The National WWII Museum recently hosted one of the most emotional tours in the history of the institution’s travel program. During Masters of the Air 2016, we lost Melvin Rector, Technical Sergeant, 339th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group, shortly after finishing a tour of RAF Uxbridge just outside of London. The loss of Melvin is […]
1944 Rohwer Center High School Yearbook
At first glance, the pages of the 1944 Résumé yearbook make Rohwer Center High School seem like any other high school on the Home Front: rich with student life, activities, victory gardens, and dances. In reality, however, the experience of Rohwer Center students couldn't have been more different. The school, located at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in McGeehee, Arkansas, was created to educate the children of Japanese American descent who were forced from their homes along the West Coast of the United States and required to live behind barbed wire for the duration of World War II, far from the homes they knew. Located in remote areas of the country, these camps were modeled after military facilities with guard towers and tar-paper barracks as everyday features. Roughly 120,000 men, women, and children from 1942 – 1945 were held without trials, and nearly 70,000 of those evicted were American citizens. Ultimately, not a single Japanese American person was ever convicted of espionage or acts of sabotage against the United States.
Learn more about yearbooks from World War II.
Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII
Our newest exhibition, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII is a poignant retelling of the stories of the thousands of African Americans who rushed to enlist at the start of the war, intent on serving the country that treated them as second-class citizens. Open since July 4, the special exhibit discusses how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated non-combat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.