Liberation Pavilion

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Liberation Pavilion is The National WWII Museum’s final permanent exhibit hall exploring the end of World War II, the Holocaust, the immediate postwar years, and the war’s continuing impact today. The three-story Pavilion houses two floors of exhibit space featuring personal experiences, iconic imagery, impactful artifacts, and immersive settings, as well as a third-floor theater offering audiences a brand-new cinematic experience. Designed to be the capstone experience for Museum guests, Liberation Pavilion provides visitors opportunities to contemplate the joys, costs, and meaning of liberation and freedom.

First Floor

Finding Hope in a World Destroyed

The first-floor galleries, In Honor of David W. Trott Finding Hope in a World Destroyed, honor the sacrifices of the WWII generation and explores the immense cost of war with exhibits on the Holocaust, Anne Frank, faith in wartime, and the Monuments Men and Women. Stories of both loss and liberation reveal the true horror of the conflict as victors and vanquished alike began the tough task of rebuilding their shattered world.

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Second Floor

Forces of Freedom at Home and Abroad (1945–Present)

The second floor of Liberation Pavilion, The Goldring Family Foundation and Woldenberg Foundation Forces of Freedom at Home and Abroad (1945–Present), explores the war’s impact in the postwar period and its lasting legacies today. Exhibits examine the rebuilding efforts of a world destroyed, the war crimes trials, the emergence of the US as a world “superpower,” movements for social change and civil rights, new technological innovations, and the war’s impact on foreign policy.

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Multimedia Experience

Priddy Family Foundation Theater

The Priddy Family Foundation Freedom Theater on the third floor of Liberation Pavilion offers audiences a multimedia experience focused on what was at stake during World War II and the meaning of Allied victory. The production, developed by The Hettema Group, highlights how freedom almost vanished from the world in the 1930s and 1940s, efforts to protect and promote freedom during and after World War II, and how each generation has a responsibility to defend democracy, protect freedom, and advance human rights. At a pivotal moment in the show, the theater audience platform itself rotates.

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