Special Exhibition Gallery

Exhibit Information
  • Clock45 minutes
  • agesApproved for all ages
  • calendarTemporary Exhibit
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The Special Exhibition Gallery currently houses two separate exhibits. "The Art of Soldiering" showcases highlights from the U.S. Army Art Collection and depicts experiences of the American Soldier from the Civil War to the present through art produced on the front lines. Alongside it is "So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope" produced by The National WWII Museum, which tells the story of Hope's unique place in the history of World War II and beyond.

"So Ready for Laughter"

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Exhibit -"So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope" tells the story of Hope’s unique place in World War II history and beyond, and how the contributions he made still reverberate more than 70 years later.

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Exhibit Partners -"So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope" was produced by The National WWII Museum and supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

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Exhibit Sponsor -The Army Historical Foundation (AHF), the official foundation of the National Museum of the United States Army, is proud to be the supporting sponsor for this traveling exhibit. Learn more about AHF and their mission.

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Laughs -By entertaining U.S. troops, especially those on the battlefronts in World War II, Bob Hope found a new audience that was desperate for a few moments to escape the hardship of war, to remember home and to laugh. Bob Hope with his most treasured audience in New Caledonia, 1943. Courtesy of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

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Legacy -The leadership of one entertainer came to define the nature of such shows, fulfilling a significant need for troops abroad and establishing an enduring legacy that continues to present day.

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Artifacts -Coconut Correspondence Not every piece of fan mail came in an envelope. This coconut was addressed and mailed to Hope in 1944, stamped with only 17 cents of postage. Loan courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.

"I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."

Bob Hope

"The Art of Soldiering"

"The Art of Soldiering"
Exhibit

“The Art of Soldiering” highlights select pieces from the U.S. Army Art Collection depicting the…

"The Art of Soldiering"
Redesigned Layout

This new look at “The Art of Soldiering” includes eight design themes and artwork from…

"The Art of Soldiering"
Paintings

The U.S. Army Art Collection provides an invaluable artistic record of Soldier life, past and…

"The Art of Soldiering"
Artists

Artists have forged deep connections with Soldiers throughout U.S. Army history. They immerse themselves in…

"The Art of Soldiering"
Mixed Media

This exhibit showcases art from a variety of mediums and subject matters, including this Civil…