The National WWII Museum
About the Museum :
Originally founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and an unforgettable way to experience World War II from industrial efforts on the Home Front to the combat experience of the American soldier abroad and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Offering an impactful blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, state-of-the-art multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Beyond the galleries, the Museum's online digital collections, virtual field trips and webinars, exclusive travel programs, and renowned International Conference promote continuing scholarship and offer patrons new ways to connect to history.
Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. A capital expansion program includes the construction of two additional pavilions in coming years, cementing the institution as a state-of-the-art educational institution and a premiere destination for travelers from around the world.
The museum was super crowded when we went so that took away from the experience a little. Especially since most of it is reading. The movie portion is worth it and has great production value. The Final Mission isn’t worth it. The food was awesome and service was speedy. Overall a good time but you need to be there as soon as it opens and you’ll be there all day.
The layout and displays were top-notch. The home front section showed a side or World War II that is often overlooked. Unfortunately, the entire thing was also incredibly biased in a pro-USA pep rally sort of way. Yes, we were a major force in that conflict, but so were others such as the USSR and China. Both of these suffered loses that made ours pale in comparison. They also tied up Axis resources so that we never faced the entire strength of Germany and Japan. But there is little mention of this. Yes, Americans toiled and died in liberating other countries, but we also incarcerated entire populations based solely on ethnicity and utterly failed to even attempt to protect other populations from genocide. While I am incredibly proud of my country, not to mention my father and father-in-law for serving on the fronts in both theaters, I am also honest enough to admit that we were not perfect and that we should strive to recognize and improve on those shortcomings. This museum should make an effort to help with that goal.
Wow what an incredible museum. The use of specific stories to follow as you go through the museum really brings the war to life. The displays are amazing and include lots of interactive and educational information. The airplanes are beutifully displayed with some hung from the ceiling and accessible from walkways. There are two different places to eat an auditorium with musical entertainment from the era and temporary exhibits that are worth a look. We will be going back to explore more and follow different stories.
Oh my goodness. This museum is incredible. We got a late start on the day and were only able to spend 2 hours here before they closed at 5pm. On one hand I wish we had had more time, but on the other, the content was heavy. I wish we had split it in up into two visits two be able to really take it all in. The Wwii veteran greeters at the front of the museum were very helpful too. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you visit NOLA.
Wonderful experience ! Just a heads up if you have somebody who is extremely interested in WWII plan on a full day or more. I was there 9-5 and saw close to everything. Wished I had a few more hours. So much to see. Exhibits are EXTREMELY well done. I really felt a human connection to the history through these exhibits. 10 stars !!!!!!!!!