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.
Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II
The special exhibit Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, on view in the Hall of Democracy’s Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall from March 5 to September 13, 2020, and curated by the Museum’s James Linn, tells the story of the US Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and their deception operations across Europe through featured artifacts such as artwork, uniforms, an inflatable tank, and more.