North Carolina and World War I

April 8, 2017, through Jan. 6, 2019

Join the 100,000+ visitors who have experienced what it was like to "step in the boots" of a Tar Heel soldier during World War I!

This free, interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I and focus on North Carolina’s role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.

Visitors will experience a re-created trench warfare environment to discover what life was like for Tar Heel soldiers.

..in the museum’s long history, it may be the best exhibit of all. - Editorial Board, The News and Observer

The 6,500-square-foot exhibition will highlight approximately 500 artifacts, period photography, a trench diorama, historical film footage, educational interactive components, and video re-enactments that feature European and North Carolina soldiers and citizens to relate the stories of ordinary men and women from North Carolina who provided extraordinary service to their country 100 years ago.

Those who see the exhibit will never forget it, it’s that simple. - Editorial Board, The News and Observer


Testimonials from Visitors on Social Media


Love it!! The WW1 exhibit is amazing!! Also enjoyed the souvenir shop!! - Evy Garcia

The WWI exhibit is great. The photo exhibit is stunning. All of the museum is wonderful. We will have to return to finish the WWI exhibit. Posters from the era are telling. - Sharon Clark

The museum is fun. We go about 2 or times a month. My daughter loves it. The World War exhibit is awesome. - LaDonna Allison

The WWI exhibit is very well designed and presented. The focus on NC soldiers gives it even more interest. Great job! - Jane Bruton Daughtridge

As a scholar of WWI era history, I was blown away by the detail and scope of this exhibit. It was a honor and a privilege to be invited to attend the opening of the North Carolina and World War I exhibit, and I encourage everyone to take time to enjoy it. - Chris David

First one to see the new World War I exhibit that opens Saturday, April 8th. It was awesome! Going back to see it. It will be open until January 2019. You've got to experience it! - Shawn McKinney

Son & I really enjoyed the #ncww1 exhibit at the NC History Museum. Highly recommend. And free! - Karen Lee Gamble


More Resources


For educational and online resources, click here!

Check out this website created by the NC State College of Education, in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of History, discussing the various ways North Carolina was affected by World War I.


Behind the Scenes of Exhibit's Creation