Exterior photo of the Hall of Democracy at the National WWII Museum

Hall of Democracy

At The National WWII Museum

As The National WWII Museum continues to expand its educational mission to share the complete story of the American experience in World War II with learners across the globe, the institution recently marked a major milestone with the grand opening of its newest pavilion: Hall of Democracy. This pavilion represents more than simply inching closer toward completing the Museum’s physical campus. The Hall of Democracy represents an exciting new chapter in which the Museum expands beyond brick and mortar to ensure the legacies of World War II reach communities across the country, and continue to have a meaningful impact.

The Hall of Democracy helps to ensure future growth of the Museum and transformative opportunities to broaden its educational mission through new programming, scholarly research, special exhibits, distance learning, digital initiatives, and preservation efforts. The pavilion demonstrates the Museum’s commitment to carrying the legacies of World War II into present day, and exploring the joys and costs of victory, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the war’s continuing effects on our nation.

Hall of Democracy

Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall

The large-scale, 3,764 square-foot special exhibit space within the Hall of Democracy allows the Museum to present major exhibitions on WWII-related subjects not covered in our permanent exhibits, as well as more in-depth coverage of subjects that are in the permanent exhibits.

  • Exhibit

    The Real Image of War: Steichen and Ford in the Pacific

    The camera’s use of chemistry and mechanics married with the human perspective created one of the most powerful tools of war and art—and an invaluable resource for recording the memory of World War II. By demonstrating the technology of the camera, using dramatic imagery and footage of everything from combat to the ordinary life of the US Navy sailor, The Real Image of War will probe the supposed objectivity of documentary photography and examine the motives of the men behind the camera who created a visual record of the war in the Pacific. The Real Image of War will be on display March 17, 2022 – January 3, 2023 in the Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibit Hall.

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Hall of Democracy

Madlyn and Paul Hilliard Research Library

The Madlyn and Paul Hilliard Research Library's mission is to support and facilitate The National WWII Museum’s research and education initiatives.

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