The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

The National WWII Museum
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and #2 in the U.S., and an unforgettable way to experience World War II—from industrial efforts on the home front to the combat experience of the American servicemember abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Beyond the galleries, the Museum offers unique access to experiential history, including an opportunity to tour and ride on an authentically restored PT-boat, tours behind the scenes to handle artifacts alongside Museum curators, and an impressive collection of restored and working macro-artifacts to discover. Open early through 1/2/18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.
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Teacherswithfamily
Rutledge, TN67 contributions
Dec 2021
My family loves history museums so we always try to visit historical sites and museums while on vacation. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is one of the best museums we have visited, and we highly recommend that you allow at least half a day if not all day for a visit. Unfortunately, we were unable to see all areas of the museum even though we were there for over four hours. The last thing we saw before the museum closed was the "Beyond All Boundaries" film narrated by Tom Hanks. The special effects, the first-account stories, and overall video were all very impressive. If you are in a military family like me or if you just love American history, this video will touch your heart and leave with you an even deeper sense of patriotism.
Written December 29, 2021
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dlndny
San Francisco, CA28 contributions
Apr 2022
There really is no place quite like it. If you have any interest in WWII, you'll love it. If you don't have any interest, then it's worth a trip through the various exhibits to at least see what life was like during that time. Of all the 'things to do' in New Orleans, this is one place that is always great for groups. Kids, adults, disinterested teenagers - it has something for everyone.

You can rush through everything in a couple hours or you can take an entire day. Plan you visit so that you start and spend the most time in the section of the museum (naval, aviation, european front, pacific front, etc) that you find most interesting. Look on many of the plaques for Ernie Pyle quotes that help add context to the true gravity and sacrific of WWII. An awesome place that is well organized with friendly docents and definitely worth it.
Written June 1, 2022
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Diane T
18 contributions
Apr 2021
The National WWII Museum is not to be missed. Be prepared to spend the entire day there. The actual aircraft, Jeeps, Higgins landing craft, uniforms, weapons, flags, all types of equipment, memorabilia, etc.are there to be seen. You will spend much time listening to the poignant oral histories of those who served overseas and at home by using "dog tags" to activate the narratives. The histories of the major campaigns of both the European and Pacific war theaters are covered in film, maps, and artifacts. The 4D movie Beyond All Boundaries gives a panoramic view of this horrific war. (Additional cost of $7)The men and women who served during WWII truly comprised the Greatest Generation.
I think veterans and those currently serving in the military have free admission.
Written April 26, 2021
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Christopher S
Riverview, FL23 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
What a great experience. I recommend setting yourself 4 to 5 hours to walk through and to get the full experience of the WW2 museum.
The road to Berlin and The road to Tokyo were filled with beautiful rooms detailing heartbreaking stories, amazing artifacts and the real truth behind war.
Written May 9, 2021
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Brina W
Kenosha, WI11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Wow - I wish I could give more stars. We went to New Orleans for the partying, but ended up finding this gem from our uber driver’s recommendation. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been recommending this museum to all of my friends and family. It’s very interactive and well done. You walk through each scenery (Japan’s jungle, Berlin’s winter, a normal American’s household, etc). We were there for 3.5 hours and didn’t even finish all of the buildings. I could see any teenager or older enjoying this museum.

I would recommend people plan on the full day to visit the museum and to pay the extra money for a guided tour.
Written January 5, 2020
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AHW676
Kansas City, MO3,776 contributions
Feb 2021
This was a beautifully rendered museum with lots of video vignettes, educational placards, human interest stories, and interactive exhibits. I had had no idea that so much footage of the actual war existed. The first day that we went, we were there nearly the entire day, and I could not possibly get through all of the exhibits, even just trying to watch the short movies and skipping most of the individual human interest stories. We decided to come back the second day, and the nice thing is that you have a week to decide if you want to come back for a second day, which is only $7. Even then, there was just so much information to take in, I can't say that I remembered it all. But I definitely came out enlightened. I think that if you already know a lot about the war, are just augmenting your general knowledge, and aren't struggling to fit a lot of mental puzzle pieces together, you could probably get through most of it in a day, but for most people, I'd allot two days. The restaurants in the museum were open for just limited hours, and even in the limited pandemic period, there were at least two gift shops open. The exhibits span several floors and at least two buildings, which, although accessible by elevator, still require some walking to get from one exhibit hall to another.
Written February 27, 2021
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Lloyd H
Kenner, LA1 contribution
Dec 2021
Do not waste your time going to this place. I was in a scooter due to being handicapped and it is one of the most inaccessable [laces I have ecer had the displeasure of going to.
Coming in the entrance, the fist thing inside the door is some steps. While looking lost, the Security person to my left yelled (like they were irritated) "The ramp is over there", and pointed to the opposite end. The ramp was very narrow, barely negotiable, and in a poorly lit area. I found later that it is the EXIT side of the doors.
Other inconveniences were one after another. There is no clear path or ways to go through the place. One would think to just follow the flow of people, but nobody else knew where to go so it was masses of people just milling about. Chaos.
This place has the poorest layout of anyplace I have ever seen. After about an hour and a half of trying to see exhibits, and I have no clue how many I missed, for there was no "path" to follow, so it was just run around until you saw something to go into, wait 2 or 3 cycles of people standing in the way, then try to find your way out. It was not even crowded. No way of telling, but we probably saw maybe 20% of the entry building and did not even go into the other building, not even across the walkway before we were so frustrated and pissed off that we just left. We had planned to eat a nice lunch there, but never saw where the canteen is.
Thanks for nothing.
Written December 31, 2021
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Heather W
Southaven, MS37 contributions
May 2021 • Family
I purchased tickets in advance and check in is easy and quick. We had purchased the movie option that is voiced by Tom Hanks, this was a wonderful intro and I felt like I was at Disney when the chairs in the theater started to rumble. I’m glad that we did this first.

The museum is organized but I was really surprised by how HUGE it is and I think they are still adding on. I can’t imagine an older person being able to get through this thing. We saw all but 1 section and were there for 4.5 hours. It would be awesome if they sold 2 day tickets so people could do half of it each day, even if sold with a specific time slot or the 2nd day was a different color shirt pin and only good for an hour (maybe 5 or so colors for the day total and the volunteers could say “hey pinkie, your time to leave is in 5 min”). I felt like I missed some things.

We had lunch on the cafe and sat outside. Someone cleans the tables before the next guests sits down, they offer wine and beer at the cafe which was nice to get a glass of chard to go with my salad.

I loved the individual stories that tied in with clothing that has been donated (loved the bomber jackets).

There was a lot to read, and with movies playing in a room with panels everywhere, I didn’t get to see them all bc people were in the way. It would be cool if they could be spaced out better in the new additions.

The museum did a good job addressing women and the war effort but more personal stories would have been nice. I appreciated the African American section as well. The Holocaust was barely mentioned in comparison to how much space is available. It’s not a happy subject but one that should be shown to all to remind why we can never have a person like Hitler in power again.

We had our 15 year old teen with us. She was bored but she did walk through each section and watch the movies so great job on getting this age group to pay attention to something.
Written May 9, 2021
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Brandt S
2 contributions
Apr 2021
The National World War II museum is a must see. Starting with the financial and civil state of the country in the prewar years the museum does an excellent job at conveying how America came to eventually play a critical role during this dark period of human history. Attendees cannot help but come away with a sense of the sacrifices made to reclaim world freedom.

The exhibits are interactive - with soundtracks, pictures, movies, and wartime materiel all woven together. Together they relate an engaging story. Be sure to allow a full day, or more if possible. Bring your children so that they might understand and appreciate the legacy that they are beneficiaries of.
Written April 15, 2021
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX935 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
This is by far the best and largest war history museum I have ever been to! There's so much history here that you could literally spend the entire day visiting this museum. I stopped on my way to Florida so I only got to spend 2 hours....not nearly enough time to take it all in. My favorite part was the trip through Germany and Japan exhibits. It's like a trip back in time and you feel like you are actually there. So awesome! I didn't have time to watch the 4D movie so I can't comment on that but the museum is a must see! I will definitely be back and plan to spend a minimum of 4 or 5 hours. As far as the price....it is pretty expensive. At almost $30 per person it can cost a lot if you have a big group but it is worth the money. This is an experience I will not soon forget.
Written October 28, 2020
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