How did the Vietnam War define a generation? In the groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, the New-York Historical Society examines the causes, progression, and consequences of one of the most controversial events of the 20th century.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
On view October 4, 2017 – April 22, 2018
Exploring the pivotal struggles felt both on the war front and the home front, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 looks at how the divisive war challenged democracy, citizenship, patriotism, and the foundations of American life. More than 300 artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, films, and interactive digital media help to convey the story—including media installations on the 1968 Tet Offensive and 1970 Cambodia Campaign, a Jeep used at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, a copy of the Pentagon Papers, personal items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and specially commissioned murals by contemporary artist Matt Huynh.
ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
Dive deep into the history of the divisive war that transformed American society. This website showcases special features from the exhibition, along with unique, web-only material, educational resources, our schedule of family programs, and more. Listen to music from the era, view dozens of intimate photographs, watch moving short films, and hear unforgettable oral histories from individuals who experienced the events of the war years.
Major support for The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, Bernard L. Schwartz, the Achelis and Bodman Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Educational and public programming made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Additional support for the exhibition provided in honor of Gunner’s Mates Simpson, Wicks, and Von Essen, once of the USS Hornet, by James Grant, Bridgewater Associates, Amherst Pierpont, Harlan Batrus, Stifel, Karen and Paul Isaac, and the Southern 7 Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is a media sponsor.