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Current Special Exhibitions

Sinews of Peace: Power of Prose

This ongoing exhibition focuses on Winston Churchill’s mastery of language and how the words in his "Sinews of Peace" speech changed the course of history. Widely known as the 'Iron Curtain' speech, Churchill’s address on March 5, 1946 at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri warned the world of the looming threat of the Soviet Union in Europe.

America's National Churchill Museum will display a typewritten draft of the speech with handwritten corrections dictated by Churchill to his secretary Edith Nina "Jo" Sturdee. All fifty pages of the speech will be displayed allowing viewers to experience first-hand Churchill’s final edits to his most famous post-war speech. 

Don't miss the new online portion of the exhibit.

Sinews of Peace Exhibit at the National Churchill Museum

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Endowment at Westminster College.

 

Winston Churchill: A Passion for Painting

A self-proclaimed pastime painter, Winston Churchill did not put brush to canvas until the age of 40. Although he received no formal training as an artist, he pursued his hobby with characteristic passion, and it became a lifelong interest.

A 1920 essay, which later became the basis for his book Painting as a Pastime, serves as Churchill’s personal credo on the creative process and recounts the origins of his interest in painting. The essay describes how, in 1915, Churchill was pressured to resign his position as First Lord of the Admiralty following a disastrous campaign in the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. "I had great anxiety and no means of relieving it," he wrote. With "long hours of unwonted leisure in which to contemplate the frightful unfolding of the war," he turned to painting as a means to clear his mind and relieve his stress — an antidote that served him throughout the remainder of his turbulent career.

A Passion for Painting brings together in one gallery for the first time all five of Churchill’s paintings and three drawings in the collection of, or on long-term loan to, America's National Churchill Museum. 

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the Anson Cutts Fund.

 

The Royal Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

America's National Churchill Museum and Westminster College mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose 70-year reign over the United Kingdom provided stability, leadership, and dignity for Britons and served as an inspiration for many throughout the world.

To honor the late Queen Elizabeth, the Museum has installed a temporary exhibition in the Anson Cutts Gallery, A Royal Legacy at America's National Churchill Museum.

On display are items from the Museum's permanent collection including photographs signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, images of then Princess Elizabeth with Winston Churchill on VE-Day (May 8, 1945), a chair from the Queen's coronation in 1952, a shawl in Balmoral Plaid made for the 1937 Coronation of the Queen's father, King George VI, and items given to America's National Churchill Museum from King Charles III and the Queen Mother.


Upcoming Special Exhibitions

Daughterly Knowledge: Mary Soames, Winston Churchill, and America's National Churchill Museum

 

In honor of Mary Soames – daughter of Clementine and Winston Churchill, longtime member of the Board of Governors of the Association of the Churchill Fellows of Westminster College, and Patron of the International Churchill Society – we are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Daughterly Knowledge: Mary Soames, Winston Churchill, and America's National Churchill Museum.

The exhibit will open in the Museum's Clementine Spencer-Churchill Reading Room on October 7.

 

Highlights from the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Collection

This exhibition includes selected items from the collection of Churchill Fellows Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout of Wisconsin. A recent gift to the Museum, The Trout Collection includes sculptures by Oscar Nemon, works by Sarah Churchill, and other items related to the life and legacy of Winston Churchill assembled over the course of several decades. Opens on October 7.

“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill