Telling the story of how the war was won is at the heart of The National WWII Museum’s mission, and The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front—the Museum's newest permanent exhibit, located on the second level of the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, the Museum’s original building—literally brings that story home.
The exhibit joins the WWII narrative that visitors experience across the Museum’s six-acre campus, with galleries that explore the road to war and then how the war was fought on the Home Front. Allied victory was an epic undertaking fueled by stateside industry, ingenuity, and the labor of millions of patriotic Americans. Through multimedia and interactive displays, and drawing on artifacts and oral histories from the Museum’s extensive collections, The Arsenal of Democracy creates countless opportunities for visitors to make personal connections with the men and women who helped win the war.
The entryway to The Arsenal of Democracy features a looping video and striking “E for Excellence” banner to attract the eye and introduce the themes of manufacturing and the iconography of WWII America.
This gallery covers the historical events that preceded the outbreak of World War II, examining the mounting pressures that would engulf the world in bitter war.
The period between the outbreak of World War II in Europe and the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941 is the focus of this gallery, which explores the passionate debate between America's split factions: isolationists and interventionists.
This impactful gallery is dominated by a 50-foot-wide projection screen—a suitably vast surface on which to display the shock and chaos of Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941.
The onset of World War II unified America—a moment that is the focus of this gallery—as American media joined the US government in publishing iconic WWII propaganda.
This gallery, which immerses visitors in a 1942-style home, conveys a sense of the daily lives of American families during World War II.
While the cause of victory over the Axis powers united Americans, this gallery examines the racial supremacy championed by the Axis powers, which also refracted light on issues of national loyalty and race in America.
This experiential gallery, set in a military barracks environment, highlights the massive effort to rapidly train and mobilize millions of civilians to become the nation’s troops in combat zones around the world.
As war raged, American industry poured out weapons and war material in staggering amounts, utilizing scientific and technological innovation along the way—the focus of this gallery.
The final gallery engages visitors in an immersive Los Alamos environment, detailing the massive scientific, technological, and military effort which ushered in the Atomic Age.
“Words alone cannot restore lost years”
Explore Museum assets—from oral histories to online resources to exhibit content to essays by our historians—to learn more about the African American experience in World War II.
Honoring a resistance icon who fought the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.
The war correspondent and the entertainer shared a mission to connect with those in service during World War II.
How the classic holiday musical White Christmas reveals the impact of military service in World War II.
A newly released memo sheds light on Japanese Emperor Hirohito's role in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The end of the war seemed far away in the spring of 1943, and a majority of Americans started to resent what they perceived as film stars' preferential treatment.
The WWII generation came of age in an era when popular literature condemned the futility of war. In Citizen Soldiers, Stephen Ambrose explored the cultural context from which those men and women emerged to do what had to be done.