The Joe W. and D.D. Brown Special Exhibits Gallery features rotating exhibits that draw on the Museum’s own collections, as well as relevant traveling exhibits from leading institutions around the world.
Guests of the Third Reich: American POWs in Europe
November 11, 2012 – July 7, 2013
Guests of the Third Reich: American POWs in Europe examines the diverse experiences of POW life for thousands of Americans held in captivity by the Nazis. Drawing on the Museum’s rich collection of POW artifacts, the exhibit highlights the personal and unique stories of individuals, including oral histories from some of the “guests” of these camps. Guests of the Third Reich also allows a glimpse inside the Museum’s seven rare POW Wartime Logs (produced by the YMCA and distributed by the Red Cross).
Presented by The Helis Foundation. With support from the Eugenie & Joseph Jones Family Foundation and The James R. Moffett Family Foundation. Special thanks to Betty B. Dettre.
View elements and artifacts from the exhibit.
Victory at All Costs: Money of World War II
April 27 – May 27, 2013
The Malcolm S. Forbes Theater Lobby
From the German ghettos and the Hawaiian Islands to the US Home Front, during WWII, money was adapted to fit the needs of wartime economies on a global scale. As world powers struggled to conquer and re-conquer territory, they put in place different monetary systems for their soldiers and their civilian populations. Commerce continued throughout the war — concentration camps produced manufactured goods, citizens purchased fuel and other rationed supplies and governments financed the war effort. Victory at All Costs tells the stories of World War II through the coins, paper money, war bonds and other means of payment used during the conflict.
Produced by the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, this exhibit coincides with the National Money Show, the American Numismatic Association Convention in New Orleans. A display at the convention, Economics of a POW Camp, will feature additional items from The National WWII Museum’s collection in conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibit Guests of the Third Reich: American POWs in Europe.
Remember Them: Memorial Day Stories from the Collection of The National WWII Museum
May 20 – June 13, 2013
The Malcolm S. Forbes Theater Lobby
In the spirit of Memorial Day, The National WWII Museum is highlighting the artifacts, images and stories in our collection of some of the 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in one of the world’s darkest hours.
Visit mymemorialday.org to get to know a few of these men and women and learn how you can help the Museum preserve their stories for generations to come.
Bob Hope: An American Treasure
August 3, 2013 – June 2, 2014
Presented by the World Golf Hall of Fame, this 2200-square foot exhibit tells the story of the Guinness World Records book "most honored" entertainer through a series of 15 themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with a number of US Presidents and his other passion — golf. It traces his family's arrival at Ellis Island, life as part of an immigrant family in Cleveland, his struggles to succeed in New York in entertainment, the success and family life he found in Hollywood and how golf and his love for the military took him around the world.
The traveling exhibit includes reproductions of more than 200 vintage photos, seven videos and more than 170 items including an original vaudeville contract from 1922, his Ellis Island medal, the final set of golf clubs used in his life, Emmy and Honorary Oscar awards, an outfit he wore during USO tours, gifts and awards from Presidents and other celebrities, his Congressional Gold Medal awarded by President John F. Kennedy, and his "Honorary Veteran Citation" from Congress, which he called the most important honor of his life. In addition, the exhibit includes a 30-stop audio tour and an educational program.
This exhibit is made possible through the support of the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. View the exhibit website.
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