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It has been said by many historians that “art and war are old companions.” That old adage is on full display in Kansas City as the National World War I Museum and Memorial reopens this Monday, June 1 for members and the following day for the general public.

The museum, which “holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world,” began amassing artwork and ephemera from the First World War in 1920. Nearly 20 countries and former empires are represented in the current collection, with many of these artifacts never being put on display until now.

In a pair of special exhibitions, the museum is unveiling 100 Years of Collecting and 100 Years of Collecting — Art to provide “the opportunity to view diverse works collected in the past century from across the world.”

Both exhibitions are open to the public from June 2, 2020–March 7, 2021.


*All photos courtesy of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.