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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Teach Your Children at the WW2 Museum

This museum is very well done. Young people including anyone under 35 should take the time to learn about the WW2. Hopefully it will be the last world war. They need to... read more

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St. Louis Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is very well done. Young people including anyone under 35 should take the time to learn about the WW2. Hopefully it will be the last world war. They need to understand and appreciate the sacrifice that men and women from many countries took on to replace war with peace. The museum seeks to tell us their story by... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had a great time here, the displays are informative and everything is super interactive. Very much a museum of the future. But plan you time well, its going to take at least 2 or 3 hours to see and do everything.

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Novato, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My favorite museum by far. Just a personalized experience. The tour begins with a movie Tom Hanks narrates. It's a history lesson that brings you in and personalizes the experience. The different wings of the museum take you through the steps of war, from the start, the battles, the sacrifice and VDay. There's a new display at the end which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those who enjoy history, this museum is a must. The film narrated by Tom Hanks is well worth the additional cost. Excellent layout and displays.

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Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must see if you are in New Orleans and be sure to spend the whole day there as we did. The movie beyond the boundaries is awesome and just enjoyed the entire Museum. Very Interactive and well-designed experience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a fantastic experience and a well done museum. Walking on the catwalks above and around the planes was an amazing experience and don't miss the 4th level catwalk, you can only get there by elevator and it is worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I knew nothing about it before I went and was not expecting it to be so huge. It's 3 or 4 separate buildings. They do a very good job and I would recommend going there once if you're ever in NOLA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent about 3 hours here, but didn't get to see it all. Will definitely go back next time in NOLA. Thought I knew a lot about WWII history, but the interactive quizzes in the Boeing wing and the "Road to Tokyo" movie experience taught me several things. The "train ride" was very good. The dog tag experience also brings the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Is the only dedicated museum in the USA about WWII. I learnt loads of things from this museum (my country wasn't involved in WWII), you need to keep in mind that is the American version of it. Kudos to the curatorial team, is a great museum and is huge, be prepare to spend the whole day in there!

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really cool place to immerse yourself in ww2 history. You arrive at a train platform, it feels like your really shipping off to war. The sub experience was a bit corny, but theres so much to see and do here its unreal

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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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