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National Veterans Museum Set To Open Bob Hope Exhibit

Comedian Bob Hope entertains sailors of the U.S. 6th Fleet Saratoga at the flagship's anchorage in the southern Italian port of Gaeta, in this Dec. 19, 1970 file photo.
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Comedian Bob Hope entertains sailors of the U.S. 6th Fleet Saratoga at the flagship's anchorage in the southern Italian port of Gaeta, in this Dec. 19, 1970 file photo.

An exhibit exploring comedian Bob Hope's major tours and travels during World War II is set to open this month at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus.

“So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope" opens Friday and runs through April 17 at the museum.

The exhibit features nearly 50 artifacts and an original documentary. It's a return home of sorts for Hope, who died in 2003. He grew up in Cleveland. His USO shows for troops are a big part of his legacy.

Hope made nearly 60 tours for the United Service Organization between 1941 and 1991.