“Explore the epic & global scale of the war that changed the world”
The National WWII Museum’s exhibits cover the epic and global scale of the war that changed the world, in a voice that is intimate and personal. Exhibits not only highlight the role of world leaders, but also the everyday men and women who found the strength and courage to accomplish the extraordinary.
Currently housed in three buildings, each arranged around central themes of the war, Museum exhibits offer visitors an opportunity to experience the war through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. Interactives, oral histories and personal vignettes add a meaningful perspective.
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opened on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum. Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world — why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. In 2003, Congress officially designated us as America’s National WWII Museum. The National WWII Museum is an private 501c3 corporation.
Designated by Congress in 2003 as the America’s National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the “Greatest Generation” comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; the American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop — delicious onsite dining options by Chef John Besh; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.
History buffs will really love this place! Amazing displays of WWII paraphernalia. Also if you are into train rides, this place is just perfect. Not only that, the displays are also informative like their staff!
Definitely worth a visit. However be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to see and do everything otherwise you will feel rushed. It definitely got crowded at times but it was a rainy day so people were looking for indoor activities. If you need a quick bite to eat the Soda Shop was good.
So crowded it's miserable. It's had to walk around or see anything.
If you love military history, you will LOVE this museum. This place is truly amazing and a must see! Be prepared to spend the better part of the day here if you want to do it properly and take everything in. This is not something you want to rush through. Highly recommend!
We didn't love it. They spent a ton of money on making it flashy, but most of their handicapped accessible doors weren't functional. The museum was heavy on videos, where people gathered to watch, which made it very crowded. Tough to navigate, tough to see anything. It was jam packed on a weekday, so getting a wheelchair through there on a weekend must be impossible. The staff was friendly and knowledgable and helped us with doors as much as they could, and always pointed us in the right direction. The younger generation will love all the interactive activities, but it looked like it was too crowded for even them to utilize the stations that were meant for that.
The set up of this museum is amazing! The different themed rooms really added a better feel for what some of the soldiers had to go through.
I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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