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The National WWII Museum
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Owner description: Originally founded in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #4 museum in the country, 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 the 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. In addition, online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, educational outreach, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. A capital expansion program includes the construction of two additional pavilions in coming years, cementing the institution as a state-of-the-art educational institution and a premiere destination for travelers from around the world. Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
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“must see!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a must for anyone visiting NOLA. Also make sure that you see the film. For a history buff like me i very much enjoyed my visit

Visited December 2012
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“Took my mom”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Mom lived through the war and particularly enjoyed the "home front" section. Very well done, great flow. If you need a break during your museum visit, consider Cochon, an amazing restaurant 2 blocks down Andrew Higgins at Tchopitoulas.

Visited December 2012
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“Fabulous museum - make it a point to go”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“An American account of WW2”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“Worthy Memorial”
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.

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