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“What a great museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 504-528-1944
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$325*
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Ranked #1 of 471 things to do in New Orleans
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Leisure education
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Owner description: 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.
Terre Haute, Indiana
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“What a great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is a perfect place for history buffs! Great exhibits. Oral histories, films, and interactive exhibits. But take advantage now while we still can of their best assets! This is the men and women of WWII who work or volunteer at the museum! If you ask they are more than happy to share their own stories and history.

Visited June 2013
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“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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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“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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