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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: +1 504-528-1944
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the...

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.

Designated by Congress in 2003 as 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 4D 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; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.

Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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A moving and powerful experience.

This museum is right up there with the Smithsonian museums in terms of quality and size. I was thoroughly impressed the minute I walked in. Every exhibit is superbly done, and... read more

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344 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is right up there with the Smithsonian museums in terms of quality and size. I was thoroughly impressed the minute I walked in. Every exhibit is superbly done, and many are created to look and feel as though you've been transported back in time and dropped in the middle of the war. I only had 3 hours to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a great museum. Very informative and excellent displays almost too much to take in! We enjoyed our walk around this museum with so much history.

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Thank foxc1979
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Definitely, got to stop and visit. Very worth your wild and money. It open up my mind and have more respect for the people that fight for our country. Very informative and educational.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed this, very well done, could have spent more time here. Very "American" but no surprise there. Being British we may have a slightly different perspective, but the outcome is we live in a free world.

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Trego, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who made our country the greatest in the world. It shows what our fathers and mothers (or grand parents or great grandparents ...etc) went through and how they united and sacrificed as a nation.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very well organized and so much to see and experience. I spent 7 1/2 hours there and, for me, that was just about right. I tend to be the one to read and listen to as much as I can. In reality, if you wanted to see and hear everything, this would be a multiple day experience. I really don't... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This WWII museum is excellent! Everything about it is so well done. I like how it is laid out and divided by different parts of the world where Americans fought. It makes it easy to follow the progression of the War, as well as giving one the sense of what a truly "world" war it was. I learned many things... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband is a WW2 fanatic so when we realized the national museum was here OF COURSE we had to go! Fantastic displays, fascinating information and really nice docents. Wish we had had more time! You definitely need more than the 4-5 hours we had.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't allocate enough time for a satisfactory visit so came back a second day. The bonus is we got a discount for 2nd day visit. If you have a limited amount of time then watch the 4D movie. It was excellent and worth the extra $5 per person. The "submarine" tour was also $5, but not as good as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one amazing museum. We only had the opportunity to tour one floor of one building but it was an amazing experience. The exhibits are well constructed, informative and interactive. They tell the story of WWII in a very personal and upfront manner.

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Arts District / Warehouse District
Once a thriving industrial zone, today this district is home to a buzzing arts scene with an amazing assortment of galleries, boutiques, and studios having moved in and set up shop throughout the disused warehouses for which the area is so well known. Much of the art you'll come across here is local in scope, ownership and inspiration. However, among the many old brick warehouses are modern structures of steel and glass housing large-scale cultural institutions of national prominence such as the National World War II Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Just as eye catching as what’s on view inside the galleries and museums is the chance to see your ship come in at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, which serves as a wistful reminder of the city’s historic maritime prominence.