The Arsenal of Democracy
Saluting the American Home Front
Next, they turned their attention to the museum’s original building, which opened in 2000. In it, they wanted a new, themed exhibition that similarly blended relevant artifacts with distinctive scenic environments to create a rich visitor experience.
This one, however, would tell a different war story. Where the Campaigns exhibits focus on the European and Pacific Theaters, “The Arsenal of Democracy” would tell the story of the road to WWII and how it was fought on the Home Front.
Solomon Group was recruited to provide scenic fabrication and lighting services for the project’s 8,100 square feet of exhibits. The story of the war at home is told through nine galleries designed by Gallagher & Associates, which called for our team to recreate various environments including a newsstand, factory floor, military barracks, a 1942-style home and more.
Our team worked diligently for several months in tight integration with the museum and the exhibit designer to make sure that each physical element was built as designed and as authentic as possible. The “War Affects Every Home” gallery was particularly important to the museum. Solomon Group built the house itself, sourced period furniture, installed 40s-era appliances, and even saw that the photos displayed in the home are genuine.
In addition to scenic fabrication, Solomon Group provided more casework fabrication than on any previous museum project (51 exhibit cases). We also created specialty graphics, focused over 400 individual lights, and provided full installation services for the exhibition.
On June 6, 2017, "The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front" was unveiled to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the 17th anniversary of The National WWII Museum’s grand opening.
Click HERE to watch a brief video about Solomon Group’s women-led fabrication team that helped bring “The Arsenal of Democracy” to life.
For a walk-through of the exhibit, watch THIS.
What We did
- Scenic Fabrication + Finishing
- Exhibit Casework Fabrication
- Graphics Production
- Exhibit Lighting
- Project Management + Consultation
- Installation + Maintenance