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Wright Museum of WWII History

77 Center Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

(603) 569-1212

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Open daily, May-October

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them. Sixty-five years after the end of World War II, we are losing 1,000 veterans each day. Now is the time for their children and grandchildren to come together - to celebrate their achievements and remember the sacrifices of those who helped defend our commonly-held values. Whether it was on the front lines of battle or through efforts on the home front to conserve fuel and rubber, Americans pulled together to realize a common goal as never before--or since. The Wright Museum's mission is to preserve and share the stories of America's Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War's significant and lasting impact on American life. The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor's Center, and the museum's military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum's military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank - the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge. Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. A Time Tunnel links the Home Front gallery to the military exhibits. Visitors walk through the years 1939-1945 with special displays of artifacts highlighting each of the seven years. Returning and first time visitors give this section of the museum high marks for the quality of the exhibits and its innovative approach in historical interpretation. The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses. Visitors should allow between one to two hours to tour the museum and peruse the gift shop.

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