Original typed letter from "The German Commander" to "the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne" requesting the "honorable surrender" of the American troops.
Rise of Nazism
The question of how Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power is answered by a trove of period artifacts on display in the museum, some of which can be explored online.
Battle of Britain
When Churchill refused Hitler's demand that Britain not interfere in his plans to conquer Europe, he sent the Luftwaffe over the English Channel to attack in July 1940. The ensuing fight, named the Battle of Britain, took place entirely in the air.
The museum displays six different Enigmas, the German code machines used during the war. Although deemed totally secure by the Nazis, the German codes were being deciphered by the British early in the war, giving the Allies a major tactical victory in the area of military intelligence.
While some citizens of conquered nations accepted Nazi rule, others did not, and they placed themselves at great personal risk to subvert and resist the occupiers. The Allies helped Resistance groups in many ways.
America Enters the War
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941, the US entered the war, fighting on two fronts: in North Africa and into Europe in the east, and in the Pacific to the west.
The D-Day invasion was one of the most complex and risky gambits in the history of warfare. It involved more than 150,000 British, American, and Canadian troops attacking the French coast of Normandy from the land, sea, and air, starting after midnight on June 6, 1944.
Under the cover of the war, six million Jewish men, women and children, were systematically murdered in a deliberate act of the German state.
Artifacts relating to the Pacific Front are less abundant, but the museum has managed to collect a decent number of important pieces.
The Museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM for walk in visitors. Last entry is 3 PM. You do not need to schedule your visit ahead of time. You do need to fill out a waiver form beforehand and bring an I.D.
Groups of 15 or more must schedule in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Group visits are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays when the Museum is open to the public.
Whether your visit is scheduled or unscheduled, you must download and fill out a waiver of liability before you arrive and bring it with you, along with an I.D. If necessary, and if available, we may be able to let you fill out a waiver at the Museum.
The Museum is occasionally closed for special events and for inclement weather which we post on this website and on Facebook. We also post weather closings on local television stations.
Closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
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We have always been the only museum in the world with an international collection of artifacts, letters and documents. Our programming, for students and the public, focuses on the human story in every country. It is time to state the obvious and add “International” to our name. We believe that viewing a cataclysmic global event that changed the world through only a national perspective is not enough. To fully understand, you need an international perspective.