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“One of the best designed museums I've visited” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1944
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Ranked #1 of 174 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Leisure education
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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.
Carencro, La
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“One of the best designed museums I've visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This museum takes advantage of modern design and the the mistakes other museums may have made by designing an experience that ALL ages will enjoy and learn from. As a teacher, I wanted to bring my 2 youngest sons here to experience history. Well, they not only learned a book's worth of facts about WWII, but they got to hear PERSONAL stories from some of our veteran heroes on their experience in the war. The small rooms set aside where one can sit and listen to a storyteller are truly brilliant because each person narrates a specific event and time in the war, and the stories are riveting and REAL. You won't want to miss the 4-D experience in the theatre either. All in all, we spent 5 and 1/2 hours there!!!

Visited July 2012
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“A work in progress”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

DH and I are WW2 buffs and we made a special trip to Nola to see this museum. It was def interesting and the little movie-ettes in small rooms throughout the exhibit are a nice break from the endless walking and standing. Somehow I didnt enjoy this as much as the WW1 museum in Kansas City tho. It seems unfinished. Didnt really learn anything I havent already known but the survivor narratives are always great to hear. Lots of walking and standing!! Would be nice to have more benches for taking a break. Oh. Thats what the cafe and restaurant are for. Silly me!

One thing I would like to say: the place is small and baby strollers and small kids are really a nuisance! Get a sitter - they wont be interested in WW2 anyway.

Visited June 2013
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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“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
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Amarillo, Texas
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“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
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Denver, NY
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“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
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