The National World War II Museum, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an absolute “must-do” when visiting the area. This museum promises visitors a small glimpse into the life and time of one of the most pivotal wars in the 20th century.
The World War II Museum is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is closed on Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Parking is available on site in the parking garage next door to the Museum. The Museum is also currently expanding to include more exhibits and is opening up The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center in the fall of 2019.
To start out your day at The National WWII Museum, you will definitely want to kick things off with a visit to the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Inside the Pavilion, you’ll find an LCVP – also known as a Higgins Boat. These boats are most famous for the D-Day landings and were made popular by the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”
The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front – the Museum’s newest, permanent exhibit – explores the road to war and the contributions made by Americans on the Home Front. One of the other highlights in the Pavilion is the L.W. “Pete” Kent Train Car Experience. Here you will board a 1940s train and take the first step as many did to join the war effort.
The National WWII Museum is extremely interactive. While the goals of the Museum are to educate those who visit about the history of the war and how it was won, the Museum also connects visitors with some of the soldiers and sailors who fought there. Throughout the Museum, there is a digital Dog Tag Experience you will access while aboard the train.
As you journey through the times of World War II, you’ll follow the story of a person who fought and that person will stay with you throughout the Museum through your digital dog tag. Once you leave the Museum, you will still have access to your stories through your personal digital dog tag.
After you experience the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, head over to the Solomon Victory Theater for a 4D trip back in time to when the war was at its peak. “Beyond All Boundaries” was exclusively produced by megastar Tom Hanks. It is when you are in this theater that you will experience first-hand accounts by those who served on air, land and sea.
We highly recommend a trip to BB’s Stage Door Canteen as well! This place is definitely worth the visit. As a WWII museum, everything is centered around that time period in history. At BB’s Stage Door Canteen, plan your day right and you can enjoy dinner and a show. On Wednesday afternoons, the stage is home to The Best of Sinatra through Nov. 28. Looking for a fun night out? You can Dine and Dance with the Victory Swing Orchestra on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. The stage is also home to holiday themed shows throughout December.
To continue your visit, travel over to the Campaigns of Courage pavilion. While you visit this portion of the Museum, you’ll get into the depths of the European and Pacific theaters and the battles that helped seal the victory. Split into two exhibits, explore the Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries.
You’ll be able to see a P-40 Warhawk aircraft, island hopping aircraft, and much more. The exhibit brings the naval and air forces stories to life. Then, journey to The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and you’ll experience what those on foot did. Set up to look like the war torn villages that the armed forces traveled through, you’ll get up close and personal with stories of war.
One of the more poignant exhibits of the Museum comes when you enter the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. As you enter, you’ll see planes soaring above your head, restored to their wartime glory. You’ll also get to see vehicles of war that include half tracks, jeeps, an ambulance, tanks and landing vehicles.
This is just a small snippet of some of the things you will see if you take a trip to visit The National WWII Museum. We recommend spending a full day at the Museum to be able to experience all the artifacts and exhibits that are on display. There’s tons to see and experience so make sure you have enough time to fully explore.
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