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Fridays at the Museum: Honoring D-Day + Film Screening

Friday, June 7, 5-8 p.m.

Join us in observing the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the phase of World War II that resulted in the liberation of western Europe from Nazi control and, to many, signified “the beginning of the end of war in Europe.” Lobby-level exhibits—including a teaser or two for our new military history gallery—will be open throughout the evening.

At 6:30 p.m., following an introduction by Charles Knight, the museum’s curator of military history, we will screen Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004; MPAA rating: PG-L; run time: 89 min.). After the film, stay for a Q&A session and enjoy a special snack.

About the Film

2004; MPAA rating: PG-L; run time: 89 min.

Tom Selleck stars as Allied commander Dwight D. Eisenhower in a look into the three months leading up to the invasion of Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II toward Allied powers. This made-for-television (A&E®) presentation focuses on planning and preparing for D-Day, rather than the actual battle, and earned praise for its historical accuracy, as well as its genuine portrayals of British general Bernard Montgomery and American general George S. Patton; ironically, the New York Times faulted the film only for overstating Eisenhower’s persona. After the film, stay for a Q&A session and enjoy a special snack. Ike is part of an observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day that includes after-hours access (5–8 p.m.) to the museum’s lobby-level exhibits and the Museum Shop.