Senator John Alario special exhibition hall at the National WWII Museum

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. The 16-foot-tall space often presents new discoveries and significant themed displays—both allowing the Museum to host more special traveling exhibits and offering the potential to curate and produce more substantial exhibits in-house. Thanks to a gift from Joy and Boysie Bollinger, the Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall not only attracts new visitors, but keeps the Museum experience fresh and engaging to encourage repeat visits as the institution continues to explore and present little-known parts of the war. This expansive exhibit hall also provides additional space for Museum programming, educational activities, private receptions, and special events. The gallery helps the Museum link iconic artifacts, images, and documents to oral histories, archival film segments, maps, and geographic details from historic battlefields and other WWII sites.

The special exhibit space debuted on October 17, 2019, with the opening of Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, presented by Perry and Marty Granoff and on loan from the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio. Operation Finale follows the trial of the head of the Nazis’ homicidal “Jewish Department,” Adolph Eichmann, who zealously managed the transport of millions of innocent people to death camps and vanished after World War II. Photographs, film, and recently declassified spy artifacts reveal the dramatic secret history behind the daring abduction and globally broadcast trial of a principal perpetrator of the Final Solution. The exhibit runs through January 5, 2020.

March 17, 2022 to January 3, 2023

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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