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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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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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Very informative. Beyond boundaries movie = excellent!

You need to plan an entire day to get through this museum. The entrance fee is high so take advantage of a full day.

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You need to plan an entire day to get through this museum. The entrance fee is high so take advantage of a full day.

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We added this on last minute and it was an amazing museum. The flow of the museum is so well thought out and it makes for a seamless experience and adds to the complete understanding of WW11.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Educational and impressive! Learned a lot. Great exhibits. Movie very well done. Submarine experience was good too. Could spend an entire day here. Worth the stop!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Loved our visit to the WWII museum. I was so well done that I felt I understood better what went on leading up to and during the war...especially an appreciation of the men who fought (my Dad is a WWII vet!). Don't skip the movie although it is $5 extra. It is well worth the extra. The USS Tang experience... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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This museum is so well done! The exhibits are well thought out and beautifully orchestrated. I appreciated being able to "interact" with the exhibits via "dog tag" and learning so many personal stories. It was a great experience, I highly recommend this museum.

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Charlotte, NC
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This is an excellent museum, with in-depth explanations of WW II. Lots of video as well as artifacts. It is kept pretty chilly to preserve the artifacts, so bring a sweater or jacket. The restaurant food was okay and it was also very cold in the restaurant.

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We went through the War in the Pacific exhibits which we hadn't seen during previous visits. Really well do as is the European theater exhibition. Side note, the cafe is a nice place for lunch.

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Definitely not in to war museums normally, but this one is truly moving. The movie (I believe) is an extra charge, however it's completely worth it. Not a dry eye in the house.

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What an amazing place to visit! My father & mother got a discount because he is a veteran. This was one of the most amazingly designed places I've been to and was visually stunning. We spent all day here exploring the museum and had lunch at the American Sector which was also amazing!! This is a must do if you... More 

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Very good place to visit. Exhibits are incredible. 4d movie was well worth the added 5 bucks. Could easily spend the whole day, this place is huge

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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.
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