The gift will support efforts to integrate Bob Hope's wartime activities into multiple aspects of the museum experience. On-site programs will include a Bob Hope "Dog Tag Experience," a documentary about the entertainer's life, a special exhibit complete with iconic artifacts, and a film series.
In addition, the museum will honor Hope's legacy by offering members of the military, veterans, and their families free tickets to shows at the museum's 1940s-style entertainment space, BB's Stage Door Canteen. The Tickets for Troops program will be launched this summer along with an annual youth theater camp designed to teach students about Hope's role in World War II, as well as aspects of dance, song, costume, and set design.
"The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation's support will have a tremendous impact on our institution," said Gordon H. Mueller, the museum's president and CEO. "This gift makes it possible to continue to pass on this incredible story — of Bob Hope's ability to bring laughter in one of the darkest periods in history — to new audiences around the world."