The Wright Museum of World War II, located in Wolfeboro, NH, opened its doors in 1994 – over 25 years later, the vision of the late David Wright continues to enrich people of all ages. David envisioned increasing public understanding and appreciation of the contributions of Americans during the World War II era.
The mission of the museum is “to provide a vivid perspective on the profound and enduring impact of the World War II experience on American society.” They successfully implement this mission through exhibits and collections of 1939-1945 artifacts – over 14,000 items can be found in their collection! The museum has inspired over 220,000 national and international visitors, including 19,000 in 2019.
The museum also offers educational programs, special traveling exhibits, and school tours. Check out the information on their education program.
Curious about their recent exhibits? Recent special exhibitions have included: “Snapshots of D-Day: Photographs of the Normandy Invasion;” “Anne Frank: A History for Today;” “WWII Quilts;” “Memories of WW II – Photographs from the Associated Press Archives;” “The WW II Art of Pvt. Charles J. Miller;” “Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Home Front;” “Korea, The Forgotten War;” “The American Soldier from the Civil War to the War in Iraq;” “Righting a Wrong: The Japanese American in WWII;” and “Vietnam: The Real War.”
The museum has also been commended for their historical preservation work from many impressive sources, including “The Best 20th Century History Museum in New England” from Yankee Magazine in 2016. TripAdvisor also ranks the museum as the Number One Attraction in Wolfeboro. And in May 2018, The Union Leader newspaper’s 3rd annual “Top Ten Things to Do in NH” magazine listed the Wright Museum of WWII as one of the “Top Ten Places for History Lovers.” In addition, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns praised the Wright Museum for the “vitally-important work” of the Museum in making the past come alive…and the list goes on!
While the museum is closed for the season, add this one to your list for next summer. The museum is open from May through the end of October. More Wright Museum Information Here
NHGSA also wants to thank the Wright Museum for supporting our holiday raffle – bid on a 1 year family membership to the museum! Tickets are on sale now, and the drawing will take place throughout the day during our Virtual Holiday Open House on December 16, from 10:00-4:00.