Online Exhibits

Remembering Vietnam Exhibition

in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery

Remembering Vietnam Exhibit

Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Open in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2017–January 6, 2019

This exhibition presents both iconic and recently discovered National Archives records related to 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War. They trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

It is important to answer these questions. The sacrifices made by veterans and their families, the magnitude of death and destruction, and the war’s lasting effects require no less. Yet many only know the war through a handful of slogans, lyrics, and film scenes. “Remembering Vietnam” is a resource for refreshing our collective memory. Its collection of evidence provides an opportunity for new insight and greater understanding of one of the most consequential wars in American history.

For Your Visit: Download the Exhibition Brochure  Use this guide to help you keep track of the architects, fighting forces, and battle sites of the Vietnam War.

See National Archives Records Featured in the Exhibition

See more About the Remembering Vietnam Exhibit Online

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Exhibition Press Release

Read About the Exhibition in Prologue Magazine

Find primary sources and activities for teaching about the Vietnam War on DocsTeach

Explore more records, information, and resources at the Vietnam War Research Portal

A Traveling Exhibit from the National Archives 

Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietnam War

Photographs are a powerful part of how we remember the Vietnam War. The most iconic photographs of the war were taken by civilian photojournalists working for newspapers, magazines, or the wire services. But there were also military photographers who served in Vietnam. These service members shot hundreds of thousands of photographs that documented American Armed Forces activities. Their assignments sent them everywhere—the jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers, and air bases—and covered every aspect of the conflict. Most of these photographs have rarely been seen, but they are now accessible through our National Archives. These unforgettable images give us an intimate and ground up view of the war and those who fought it.


On exhibit:

September 2, 2017–January 7, 2018 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, CA

January 24-March 19, 2018 at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

April 6–May 25, 2018 at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

June 16–October 20, 2018 at the Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC

November 10, 2018-January 7, 2019 at the West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, LA

September 1-October 20, 2019 at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, Temple, TX

Remembering Vietnam was created by the exhibits staff in the National Archives Museum and presented in part by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, AARP, FedEx Corporation, and the National Archives Foundation. Additional support provided by the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, The Eliasberg Family Foundation, Inc., and HISTORY®."