We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fanatastic and informative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1944
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Book Now

Ranked #1 of 172 attractions in New Orleans
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Leisure education
More attraction details
Attraction Details
Owner description: The mission of this museum focuses on the remembrance and celebration of the American Spirit, teamwork, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served during World War II.
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Fanatastic and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is the best museum that I have been to. It seems to me that they have utilised all the media advances that have come out of places such as Disney (4d films) and have put them to use to explain a complex subject. The campaigns are explained in a systematic way, there are a lot of short films which help to personalise the information. I was totally absorbed in the information. Regardless of the presentation however, I wouldn't recommend this for children under 14, i don't think that it would hold their attention and apart from the film and the one interactive exhibition they would be bored very quickly. Just an opinion!

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

5,319 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4,221
    870
    187
    32
    9
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Amarillo, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Very Focused on D-Day, But Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I had to ask the question: Why is this museum in New Orleans? It is because of historian Stephen Ambrose's New Orleans connections and interest in starting a museum and the Higgins boat factory in New Orleans that produced all the amphibious landing craft for D-Day. The museum now has 3 of 6 planned buildings open. The latest is the Boeing building filled with restored planes. The story of the B-17 "My Gal Sal" was worth the price of admission.
Another exhibit is totally devoted to D-Day. To be balanced, the museum talks about "Pacific D-Days" on each island that America invaded to take that island from the Japanese. That approach is a little odd, but there is plenty to be learned.
The Tom Hanks-narrated movie, "Beyond All Boundaries" is a well-produced and ambitious attempt to cover all of America's involvement in WWII in just 45 minutes. It feels shallow to anyone who knows much about the war, but if it helps introduce the war's history to another generation, I'm all for it.
Overall, you will need several hours to appreciate the museum as it stands in 2013. By 2016, it will double in size.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Denver, NY
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
“The museum is a must visit for anyone interested in U.S. History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We spent six hours just in one exhibit. The museum is exceptionally well curated, fascinating and a grand salute to all who served in WW II both abroad and at home. Dont miss Beyond All Boundaries, the movie...you will come away with a greater appreciation for your country. Also, try the canteen...very nice "period" menu. If you have just a few days in NOLA put this stop on your list.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fort Worth, Texas
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Powerful and moving experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

On our way home from a family vacation in FL, we decided to break up the drive by stopping in New Orleans and visiting the National WWII Museum. What a powerful and moving experience - such an important reminder of the sacrifice my grandfather, and so many others like him, made. The movie featuring Tom Hanks was incredible and every part of the lengthy exhibits were so informative and interesting. Three hours was not enough time to do this museum justice. I sincerely hope to go back one day.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milton, Vermont
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
93 attraction reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Fabulous Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I was told that when in New Orleans, a visit to the World War II Museum is a must, otherwise the trip would not be complete. Well, those who told me were surely right. It's a magnificent museum with very impressive collections and displays. I was told that Tom Hanks was behind in establishing this fine museum. It's a definite must see and worth the visit.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The National WWII Museum also viewed

 

Been to The National WWII Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The National WWII Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added The National WWII Museum to your Saves list