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The National WWII Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #2 museum in the world 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 even 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. The Museum is open daily, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. nationalww2museum.org
Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a great museum - with lots of interesting information and easy-to-understand exhibits. The museum's focus is on the American perspective so you don't get the full WWII history but it's a gem of a museum and worth going out of your way to see. You should plan on spending about 3 hours. Oh - and if you have AAA, you get a slight discount on the price of the tickets.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a very good exhibition with a really entertaining 4D cinema performance but if you are British you might find it surprising that the Americans believe WW2 only started in 1941. They have no understanding of the horrors of 1939-41 or the Battle of Britain or of the number of British civilians killed and the exhibition doesn't even mention it.
That said, this is an American take on the war so you just need to be able to bite your tongue and enjoy the show.

Thank Toshkent
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Every visitor to New Orleans should make time for this monument to The Greatest Generation. The film and theatre built for it are fascinating parts of the entire experience.

Thank NAC1977
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Modern museum with easy to read and well designed displays. Enjoyed being able to visit in one day (3hrs without a movie).
Some amazing and memorable large photographs that I hadn't previously seen and a good flow to the narrative of the war.
Downside would be it doesn't have as many WWII vehicles as anticipated. We expect this museum will only get better with time!
The unique museum is definitely worth a visit when in New Orleans!

Thank caenot
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The highlight of the museum is the extra cost 4-D film narrated by Tom Hanks in a theatre with shaking seats and all sorts of effects. The museum itself has a very thorough and extensive collection of all things WWII and it is probably the only site we visited that we felt was a must see. However, $27 for the museum and film is a bit much.

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