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World War I comes to Redwood City; traveling exhibit open today only

Photo: courtesy of HonoringOurHistory.com
Visitors get a glimpse at trench warfare in WWI exhibit.

There’s an 18-wheel truck in front of the San Mateo County History Museum today. No, the museum isn’t moving -- the truck itself is a museum. It contains an interactive traveling exhibit on World War I, which is only on view today, until 4pm.

War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s current film, set during WWI (1914-18), and the PBS hit “Downton Abbey” have the “war to end all wars” back in many people’s thoughts. This exhibit, called the “Honoring Our History Tour,” gives visitors a personal understanding of the conditions of those battles.

Visitors will experience the claustrophobia of trench warfare, while seeing nearly century-old tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms.

The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Admission to this exhibit is free, and the museum itself is half-price today.