Smithsonian in Wartime

Find out how the Smithsonian shared its expertise, staff, and funds during times of national crisis.

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Smithsonian During WWI

National Museum Closes for WWI Work

During World War I, the Smithsonian joined the nation in watching and mobilizing for the war effort. While the institution donated space to support the armed services, the staff gave their time, expertise, and resources. Preparing alongside the federal government, the Smithsonian took steps to help Americans understand the conflict and document the war for generations to come.