National WWI Museum and Memorial Breaks Attendance Record

National World War I Museum and Memorial beats its annual attendance record.

For the second consecutive year, the National World War I Museum and Memorial broke its annual attendance record.

Through the third week of November, the Museum’s attendance reached 257,830, breaking the previous record of 235,271 set in 2014.

“Without question, the global community is embracing the centennial commemoration of the Great War, which is reflected in our attendance,” says National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor.

In addition to breaking its attendance record, the Museum also set a record for public program attendance and is on pace to break records for website traffic and social media traffic as well.

Current exhibitions include The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War (now through March 6, 2016 in the Research Level Gallery), comprised of primarily French WWI artwork; Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 (now through April 10, 2016 in the Exhibit Hall), showing the convergence of diverse military, political, economic and social forces of the combatant nations and neutral countries; and A Century of Australian War Art, closing Dec. 6.

Rearranging History: Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre opens Dec. 15 in Memory Hall. KC artist MacMorris helped the Museum acquire Panthéon, the most ambitious artistic undertaking of WWI and the largest painting in the world upon its completion in 1918, in 1956, cutting and pasting sections from the canvas, rearranging them and painting in new individuals. The newly configured composition was fit to the Memory Hall’s north wall, where it remains today, but visitors can see the fragments MacMorris left behind during the new exhibition.

Other upcoming events include a “Downton Abbey” watch party Dec. 10, a Dec. 19 screening of “Joyeux Noel,” depicting the 1914 Christmas Truce, and the Dec. 26 Truce Tournament, a 3v3 soccer tournament on the Museum grounds, complete with a free English Premier League watch party inside  and an after-party at The Soccer Lot’s new space.