The International Museum of World War II

The International Museum of World War II The most comprehensive collection of original WWII artifacts & documents anywhere in the world (about 7,000 pieces); Located outside Boston in Natick, MA.
"What began as a small collection of World War II historical letters and documents grew over nearly a half century to the most extensive in the entire world." - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian "The most comprehensive display of original World War II artifacts on display anywhere." - The Imperial War Museum, London "The museum is the repository for the actual Holy Grail documents of World War II... an amazing collection that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world." - Tom Hanks, Producer Band of Brothers and The Pacific, actor, Saving Private Ryan
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The Museum is about 25 to 45 minutes from downtown Boston, depending on traffic. It is conveniently located near 3 Massachusetts highways: Route 9, Route 128 (95), and the Massachusetts Turnpike. It is 1.2 miles from Exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Natick Mall is across the street. Parking is free. There is public transportation to the center of Natick. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and teaches the entire global story. It is the only museum in the world to do this. You see all the home fronts and all the battle fronts; all the countries and all the cultures. There are more than 7,500 artifacts, letters, and documents on display and more than 500,000 pieces in the Archives. Everything is original from the Higgins landing craft, to propaganda posters, to Enigma machines, to clandestine radios used by the Resistance, to the striped clothing worn in concentration camps, to the contents of a soldier's backpack. Durable artifacts can be touched and handled. We tell the stories of leaders and ordinary citizens. Everywhere there is evidence of values. The clash of values is palpable. The winning ones are inspiring. The war changed everything, from lives, to borders, to alliances, to technology, to ideas, to ideologies. We are different because of the war, which is still relevant today. Schedule a visit from Tuesday through Saturday by visiting our website www.imwwii.org, or e-mail us at [email protected].

Mission: The mission of the Museum is to preserve and exhibit the entire global story of the War. We teach about the causes and consequences of war, that is personal and complex. We educate future generations and are relevant today.

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09/03/2019

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08/30/2019

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07/02/2019

The Museum will be closed Thursday, July 4th and will reopen to the public Friday, July 5th from 9 am to 4 pm

SPECIAL EXHIBITION - D-DAY EXHIBITION OPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 7, 2019.On June 6, 2019, The International Museum of...
05/21/2019

SPECIAL EXHIBITION - D-DAY EXHIBITION OPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 7, 2019.

On June 6, 2019, The International Museum of World War II inaugurates a special exhibition examining the largest coastal invasion in history, D-Day. The exhibition opens to the public on June 7, 2019 and will be on display through December.
“The 75th Anniversary of D-Day” will bring together more than 100 artifacts from the Museum’s unrivaled collection to reveal how 175,000 men landed on a heavily defended coast with 50,000 vehicles from a flotilla of 5,000 ships and cover from 11,000 airplane sorties in just one day, June 6, 1944. This unprecedented exhibition will feature the most comprehensive collection of D-Day artifacts in the world including plans, photographs, maps, documents, resistance radios, sabotage devices, weapons, and uniforms, showcasing all the planning that went into one of the crucial battles that determined the outcome of World War II.

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05/16/2019

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05/16/2019

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05/16/2019

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04/19/2019

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03/27/2019

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03/27/2019

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03/27/2019

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01/25/2019

School Vacation Week - The Museum will be open daily from Monday, February 18th to Saturday, February 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm

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01/25/2019

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01/25/2019

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01/24/2019

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01/24/2019

The Museum will be closed on Friday, January 25th and will reopen to visitors on Saturday, January 26th.

01/22/2019

February School Vacation Week - The Museum will be open every day during February school vacation, from Monday, February 18th to Saturday, February 23rd.

12/21/2018

The Museum will be closed on Friday, January 25th and will reopen to visitors on Saturday, January 26th.

12/21/2018

Martin Luther King Day - The Museum will be open to the public 9 am to 4 pm on January 21st, Martin Luther King Day

12/20/2018

HOLIDAY HOURS: The Museum will be open to the public on Wednesday, December 26th and Thursday, December 27th from 9 am to 4 pm each day, in addition to Friday & Saturday.

Taylor Research Group
10/13/2018
Taylor Research Group

Taylor Research Group

During our research efforts, we often review military records. At the “Women in World War II” exhibit at The International Museum of World War II, the spotlight is on the innumerable wartime roles women played.

Avenu Natick
10/13/2018

Avenu Natick

Have you visited The International Museum of World War II? The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays between 9am-4pm for walk-in visitors. Come face to face with history and view more than 7,500 artifacts, letters, and documents on display. 📷 The International Museum of World War II

Already making weekend plans? Come visit our special exhibition, "Women in World War II," on Friday and Saturday from 9A...
10/11/2018
On View Now - The International Museum of World War II

Already making weekend plans? Come visit our special exhibition, "Women in World War II," on Friday and Saturday from 9AM-4PM.
https://museumofworldwarii.org/special-exhibitions/on-view-now/

On Friday, May 25, 2018, The International Museum of World War II will open a new exhibition exploring the role of women in World War II. “Women in WWII: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts” highlights women in every major combatant nation and the vital contributions they made on home fronts...

Happy 4th of July from The International Museum of World War II!
10/08/2018

Happy 4th of July from The International Museum of World War II!

Thanks for the shout out, Massachusetts Treasures!
09/27/2018

Thanks for the shout out, Massachusetts Treasures!

So tell me, and I really am curious, what is YOUR favorite Massachusetts museum. Big or small :) I visited and wrote about more than 40 of them in my new book Massachusetts Treasures. But for me, it is hard to beat the International World War II Museum in Natick. For history buffs, especially those with an interest in World War II, this museum is a breathtaking look at the war from beginning to end. In fact this museum has its very own chapter in my new museum book! Just fantastic. https://museumofworldwarii.org/

Naval War College Museum
08/31/2018

Naval War College Museum

The Naval War College Museum staff enjoyed a visit to The International Museum of World War II yesterday!

Thank you to the staff there for your wonderful insights into a fascinating collection.

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Very proud of a recent review of our exhibition, Women in World War II, in New York Times Magazine! Check it out!"At the...
08/29/2018
The Many Roles of Women in War: Sniper, Pilot, Death Camp Guard

Very proud of a recent review of our exhibition, Women in World War II, in New York Times Magazine! Check it out!

"At the end of my museum tour, I took stock of artifacts around me. The uniform of a female concentration-camp guard who might have killed my relatives. The summer camouflage uniform of a woman in the Red Army who served as a sniper 70 years before American women could. A wedding dress made from parachute silk. Images of women performing the everyday tasks that kept their countries running. Horror, heroism and daily life coexisted side by side."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/magazine/women-world-war-ii.html

A museum exhibit about the roles of women in World War II reveals how every person had an impact, for better or worse, at home and on the battlefield.

Noted Naval Historian and bestselling author James D. Hornfischer stopped by the International Museum of WWII today alon...
08/15/2018

Noted Naval Historian and bestselling author James D. Hornfischer stopped by the International Museum of WWII today along with his parents who reside in Framingham. Hornfischer, who lives in Austin, Texas, is in Boston to receive The Samuel Eliot Morison Award at the USS Constitution Museum's "A Salute to Maritime Heritage" event.

Mr. Hornfischer has published four bestselling books on the history of WWII in the Pacific Theater, including his most recent work, The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. He is currently completing a book on the US Navy during the Cold War.

The Samuel Eliot Morison Award award honors a person whose public service has enhanced the image of the USS Constitution and who reflects the best of Admiral Morison: artful scholarship, patriotic pride, and eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime and a desire to preserve the best of our past for future generations.

This was Mr. Hornfischer's first visit to the International Museum of WWII. When asked how he enjoyed his visit, he commented "it exceeded my already high expectations."

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08/09/2018

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Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com!

07/16/2018

"On this day in 1945, the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico."

06/29/2018
WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen

WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen

TONIGHT ON OPEN STUDIO: At the The International Museum of World War II, a new exhibition highlights the roles that American, English, French, Russian, German, and Japanese women played during the war. Discover the inspiring and surprising roles of “Women in World War II.” Then, actor Faran Tahir sits down to discuss his leading role in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of “Richard III.” Plus, a look at the 2018 Rose Kennedy Greenway mural by Shara Hughes, Colorado’s "Artocade," and a profile of Mad Magazine illustrator Tom Richmond. All that and more when Open Studio returns tonight at 8:30 PM EST only on WGBH

“'It’s nice that we can finally recognize the service of the folks that didn’t just lay the foundations for the special ...
06/26/2018
NH veteran who worked on covert WWII missions honored with congressional medal - The Boston Globe

“'It’s nice that we can finally recognize the service of the folks that didn’t just lay the foundations for the special forces and CIA, but did so much to contribute to the winning of the war,' Shaheen said. 'He clearly is deserving of all the thanks we can give him.'”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/25/veteran-who-worked-covert-wwii-missions-honored-with-congressional-medal/zNyhgg9LlRmFfQqv4cu3rI/story.html

On Monday, Martin Gelb, 98, was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in World War II. But until a decade ago, no one – not even his family – had any idea what his wartime assignment entailed.

Today, on the birthday of Anne Frank (born in 1929), we acknowledge the passing of Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who...
06/12/2018
Holocaust survivor who treated Anne Frank in a concentration camp is dead at 95

Today, on the birthday of Anne Frank (born in 1929), we acknowledge the passing of Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who treated Anne during her time in a concentration camp.

"'When the British first entered the camp, I was at work in the hospital. The Nazis were still standing by me, fully armed. I couldn't express any emotion at the scene outside. I couldn't show my feelings of joy that somebody had come to release us. I was still scared,' Turgel said."

To learn more about her story:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/world/gena-turgel-holocaust-survivor-anne-frank-trnd/index.html

Gena Turgel, then 22, came to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in early 1945 and began working at the camp's hospital. She didn't know it at the time, but one of her patients would become famous.

Metro Boston
05/24/2018
Metro Boston

Metro Boston

The iconic Rosie the Riveter "just scratches the surface of what women did" during WWII, said Sue Wilkins of The International Museum of World War II.

“If you’re talking about the reality of World War II, you have to talk about women,” said Sue Wilkins, the museum’s dire...
05/23/2018
Exhibit in Natick highlights role of women in World War II

“If you’re talking about the reality of World War II, you have to talk about women,” said Sue Wilkins, the museum’s director of education, during a Tuesday sneak peek of the exhibit. “The war would not have happened the way it did if it wasn’t for women.”

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20180522/exhibit-in-natick-highlights-role-of-women-in-world-war-ii

The role of women in World War II comes to life in a new exhibit at the International Museum of World War II in Natick. From Rosie the Riveter to women

New exhibit opening on Friday, May 25, 2018: "Women in World War II: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts"Come explor...
05/07/2018

New exhibit opening on Friday, May 25, 2018: "Women in World War II: On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts"

Come explore the highlights women in every major combatant nation and the vital contributions they made on home fronts and battlefronts. This unprecedented exhibition will feature more than 100 artifacts illuminating the diversity of roles women served and illustrating their profound impact on the war effort.

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05/03/2018

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I'm so sorry this museum has closed...We visited a few years ago and we looking forward to seeing everything again...my husband and I just returned from seeing Normandy in person!! We will make the trip to Washington to see the exhib again....
Our afternoon here was the highlight of our recent Boston trip with our 12 yo grandson who is interested in WWII history. The collection is vast, well presented and educational. The staff is knowledgeable and engaging - we particularly enjoyed the time talking with the 97 year young B17 pilot!
Recruit Tom Teal from Kannapolis, NC. Company 1834 NTC Great Lakes 1945
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I have a website that is a photo journey of my Father's unit in World War II through Europe and helping liberate Dachau.
All-American hero and comic book curator, Craig Yoe is a favorite of Forces of Geek and has a new book out, Super Patriotic Heroes. This collection features a number of comic stories from World War II which showcase the the true role models of the patriotic ideal. In other words, Nazi bashing crimefighters! http://www.forcesofgeek.com/2018/08/fog-chats-with-craig-yoe-about-his-new-book-super-patriotic-heroes.html Order here now: https://www.amazon.com/Super-Patriotic.../dp/1684051797
Hello, I have my father’s model of a Patriot missile installation, that he obtained while working on the project at Raytheon. Would you be interested in the donation?
Visited the museum recently and it was fascinating. Was able to meet a true legend and American hero, Mr, Richard Dinning. I could listen to his stories all weekend long. Ken, thank you so much for opening this amazing place.
Just found out about this and can't wait to bring my 90 year old, WW II Korean conflict veteran, father! Hoping to have a contingent from Cape Cod and a few others in the mix, from Massachusetts Fallen Soldiers, et al.
Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 Fleet and employees played a strong role in WWII, supporting troops, carrying cargo and supplies, evacuating soldiers and people worldwide.
Remember them always as they are the reason we are free.
Out of curiousity, why are programs for continuing education, like the one you are promoting, not opened up for instructors at Community Colleges? I, for one, would love the opportunity to attend such events but in general terms they are reserved for K-12 instructors. Increasingly, community colleges are teaching concurrent high school students as well. I would love some feedback.