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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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I have been to most of the top museums on the TA list, and I have to say, the interpretation here at the National WWII Museum blows many of them away. Immediately with the... read more

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I have been to most of the top museums on the TA list, and I have to say, the interpretation here at the National WWII Museum blows many of them away. Immediately with the appropriate era of music, you enter a train and wave "goodbye" to your loved ones as you are assigned a real person to follow their history... More 

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My boyfriend is a history fanatic and I knew this would be a place he would enjoy immensely. Highly recommend for anyone.

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We spent 5 hours exploring the many fascinating areas of the museum. Don't miss the opening video, not as enthusiastic about the submarine adventure.

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Definitely worthwhile. But the exhibit can take time to get the whole story. Lots to read and see. The movie "beyond all boundaries " is so worth the extra $5. I was on the verge of tears many times during my visit. Wear comfortable shoes and leave the kids at home if they can't be still and focus. It really... More 

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Bought the family membership, much better deal!! So interesting and museum is done very well. We have visited 2 in the last couple months. Membership is the way to go, if you can make it at least 2-3 times

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My family travels to New Orleans often for my wife's work. Today, I took my almost 8 year-old son to the WWII museum. First time for us both. It's amazing. The museum campus encompasses five massive buildings spread across a couple of super blocks in the Warehouse District. Currently (December 2016), they are working on a new entry plaza along... More 

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The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was remembered today at the National WWII museum. Located right outside the French Quarter, this museum is a must-see for any and all interested in military history. It should be a must-visit for all school-age children. As always, the museum gives you an up close account of the timeline and events... More 

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The WWII Museum as a very humbling experience besides being educational. I learned a so much about WWII from the museums very informative exhibit, artifacts and movies. The movie is very well done. Submarine experience was good too. Plan to spend the entire day if you really want to experience all there is to do. Well worth the money!!

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All I can say is, just do it! We loved the entire place (the submarine experience was the only weak element). Wish we wouldn't have know about the dinner shows they do there.

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History of ww2 presented in sequence, contextual relevance, and visually stimulating. Plan on visiting for 2- 3 hours.

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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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