About the Exhibition

The power of images to shape cultural narratives is revealed in this dynamic and evolving exhibition, which invites viewers to trace the origins and legacy of the Four Freedoms from the trials of the Great Depression and World War II to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The Exhibition opens Saturday, October, 17, 2020. LEARN MORE

Exhibition: Opening Day

Timed-tickets for the Exhibition may be purchased online in advance of your visit. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and will run through January 17, 2021. Buy Tickets

FDR's Four Freedoms

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech was intended to bring the American public into World War II. At first, the speech was largely ignored but when Norman Rockwell illustrated the Four Freedoms for The Saturday Evening Post, many Americans viewed the ideals as a rallying cry. LEARN MORE

Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell popularized the Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms when the paintings appeared in consecutive The Saturday Evening Posts. The Four Freedoms toured the nation and raised over $3 million war bonds for the war effort. LEARN MORE

Freedom’s Legacy

In the 1960’s, leaving behind his beloved storytelling scenes, Norman Rockwell threw himself into a new genre—the documentation of social issues. As evidenced in his Freedoms paintings, he wanted to make a difference with his art, and as a trusted and highly marketable illustrator, he had the opportunity to do so. Humor and pathos—traits that made his Saturday Evening Post covers successful—were replaced by the direct, reportorial style of magazine editorials. LEARN MORE

Curriculum Lab

The lessons and ideas for learning in the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Curriculum are adaptable for elementary and secondary grade levels, and educators are encouraged to choose those best suited to individual class needs and educational goals. LEARN MORE


Art that inspires us to VOTE!

The Unity Project

The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard.

Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.


Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms at the Henry Ford Museum

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms Tour

2018-2020 Tour Highlights

Explore the highlights from the Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms Tour that from 2018-2020 took Rockwell’s Imagining Freedom art and the work of other creators to New York, Detroit, Washington DC, Normandy, France, Houston, and Denver.


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Imagining Freedom Sponsors

Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms is Sponsored by

Jay Alix, The Alix Foundation, Hobson/Lucas Foundation, Travelers, Major Support provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities, Anonymous, Michael Bakwin, Helen Bing, Elephant Rock Foundation, Annie & Ned Lamont, Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson, Ted Slavin, Heritage Auctions, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Additional Support provided by: Anthony and Susan Consigli, Ralph and Audrey Friedner, Louise Holland, Our GoFundMe Supporters, Curtis Licensing, Norman Rockwell Family Foundation, and the Berkshire Eagle.