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The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 USA

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This museum is very big and very busy. There are multiple buildings that tell the events of WWII in chronological order, using interesting films, displays of tanks and planes, personal histories from people serving in the military and on the home front, and more. You could easily spend a full day here, but plan to be doing a lot of walking. If you have familial ties to WWII, you’ll have an even greater appreciation for the institution, but they do a good job of highlighting how huge the war was at home and abroad.

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“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.

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Reviewed by
nick101

  • 72 Reviews
  • 26 Helpful
October 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

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!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TheDoctor970

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 18, 2019
Rated 4.0

Ignore the 1 $, however it is WELL worth every penny you pay. If you are a history buff, it is a must.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
matthewjanis

  • 27 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
December 05, 2018
Rated 5.0

Very awesome!! Must see!! You WILL need all day. This museum is brilliantly laid out and it a great experience! Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SamanthaGoodner

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 21, 2018
Rated 5.0

This place was awesome!! I took my kids as a field trip and I could barelt drag my history nut son out at closing time. Next time we're in the area we will definitely be revisiting.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Craig Single

  • 34 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
June 28, 2017
Rated 4.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SheilaGrayMelton

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 15, 2016
Rated 5.0

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!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kirstiecua

  • 10 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
January 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DebbieLittleJohn

  • 22 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 18, 2024
Rated 5.0

Fantastic museum with well done exhibits and many short films that explain so much about the war. We spent all day (with a half hour break for lunch) and did not have time to do any of the extra fee things like the IMAX movie. I would go back for sure.

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Reviewed by
Lesli Peterson

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March 05, 2023
Rated 5.0

Located at 945 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130, the National WWII Museum is another hot attraction in New Orleans. The National WWII Museum offers up-close and personal accounts of the American military efforts during WWII, and how it changed the world.

At this amazing museum, you’ll find immersive exhibits, a collection of artifacts and stories from the people who fought in the war, aircraft, and multimedia experiences. In addition to their permanent collection, visiting exhibits come here regularly, so there’s always something new to experience.

This museum is huge, and features a wealth of information, so you’ll definitely want to set aside some time to take it all in.

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Reviewed by
roadtripper6602491

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 26, 2023
Rated 5.0

Fantastic, educational experience. I learned so much about the history of WWII that I never learned in school. This is very much worth the visit. Definitely plan for spending at least half a day here or more.

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The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana
70130 USA
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