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Saving the Reality:
A Sacred Mission

The Museum of World War II is a sacred mission to preserve the lives and heroic actions of all those people who fought on the battle fronts and home fronts to destroy the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

It is a sacred mission to show the heroism of people who left peaceful lives to defend their country and to liberate the conquered.

The Museum uniquely shows the human story interwoven with the military and political events thru all of the artifacts that made up life, from everyday, to the most momentous decisions during the war.

The Museum is a sacred mission to save the reality of those who saved the world.

Kenneth W. Rendell, Founder and Director

Dan Aykroyd narrated video documentary
World War II, Saving the Reality
WWII Foundation



June 6, 2014: In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the French Government chose the Museum of World War II to hold ceremonies in honor of ten American veterans who received the Legion of Honor for their participation in the liberation of France. Media that covered the event included NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates, The Boston Globe, NECN (reporting live), and MetroWest. Read NPR's story here.

Also in honor of D-Day, the New York Times published a memorable review of Kenneth W. Rendell's special exhibition at the Grolier Club, "The Power of Words and Images in a World At War;" all taken from the Museum's collection. Click on this link to read Edward Rothstein's review.




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D-Day 70th Anniversary Exhibit, includes items from the museum's archive that have not previously been seen in public.
May 12 - August 30, 2014

Press Release - D-Day 70th Anniversary Exhibition


Upcoming Exhibitions of Museum Artifacts at Other Institutions:

  • The Power of Words and Images in a World at War, May - August, 2014 at the Groiler Club, New York City
  • From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII, March - October, 2014 at the National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA 
  • Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of James Bond Villains, November, 2012 thru November, 2014 at the International Spy Museum, Washington  
  • OSS:  Spy & Sabotage Equipment,  permanent exhibit at the CIA Museum, Headquarters,  Langley, Virginia (not open to the public)


altar01 This particular item is a portable altar used by Chaplain Deane Babbitt. Religion was of great importance and comfort to soldiers, and portable altars like this allowed chaplains to perform their services in the field.

See many more of these artifacts and learn their histories in our Virtual Tour.