Online Exhibits

Remembering Vietnam: Currently on Exhibit

in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery

Remembering Vietnam Exhibit

Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Opening 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.


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See more About the Remembering Vietnam Exhibit Online

Visit the Remembering Vietnam Online Exhibit: Coming Soon!

Exhibition Press Release

Read About the Exhibition in Prologue Magazine

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

Traveling Photography Exhibit 

Picturing 'Nam on exhibit:

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

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


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®."
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