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“Cramped but full of good information - avoid Last Mission”

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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“Cramped but full of good information - avoid Last Mission”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

While I urge everyone to visit and learn about the people and stories behind the conflicts of World War Two, I am conflicted because if you all go at once it will be a nightmare. This museum is not that large and that means it can get crowded, even on weekdays.

To be honest the over crowding is the most annoying thing, in the week there can be bunches of school kids who are marauding through the dark winding hallways without too much interest in the war of the exhibits, they really should be accompanied, guided and educated, not left to their own devices - while reading moving stories of war you dont need giggly teen girls arguing amongst themselves and pushing past you.

The aircraft hanging from the ceilings is cool, but it wasnt obvious how you could walk down the walkways around them and we ended up on a one way trip to the ground floor away from the exhibits, annoying.

The Last mission... this was a great story but the execution on the attraction was just too disney and meant we lost track of what was going on. You are allocated a station on entry and the plan is that you do some job on the sub to be part of the mission. The downside is that you spend so much time listening for you job and watching the panel in front of you that you miss what is going on, so much so that the guys running the show have to pull you away to see the torpedo swing back around etc. Sure in a sub you wouldnt see much outside thru the periscope etc, but burying our heads in a panel isnt a good way to tell this story.

We didnt want the movie, it was 48mins long and we didnt have time, but it has to be better than the sub.

All in all this museum is worth a visit but its not perfect and could be improved, I hope they take on board the criticisms raised here.

Visited June 2013
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“Make the effort to visit”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

My boyfriend's the history guy so when I planned this part of the trip it was more for him than for me. I have to admit for a cursory spectator I was pleasantly surprised by how involved I became in the history. The curators did a great job with the layout and the presentation so that even if you think you wouldn't be interested you'll become captivated by the retelling of history. I would also recommend purchasing a ticket to see their movie :Beyond all boundaries" it is certainly an experience.

Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic museum, a must see for all Americans”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

The National WW2 museum is a fantastic record of the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation to win WW2. The focus is on D-day since a New Orleans businessman invented the amphibious vehicles used in DDay and the pacific battles, but there are many other interesting areas, including exhibits on the Pacific battles, American prisoners of war, and aircraft. We had the privilege of meeting several WW2 veterans. The Tom Hanks film, Beyond all Boundaries, is excellent, and the USS Tang submarine experience is a lot of fun. The best part of the museum is the numerous 2 minute testimonies by soldiers and nurses from all nations, including the Axis powers. We spent a full day here and weren't able to see it all, so we paid $6 for an additional day and spent a morning finishing the exhibits. Lunch at American Spectator is excellent and reservations are highly recommended. Our teenage son loved this (he is a history buff) and we will return here with the rest of our kids.

Visited June 2013
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“Exceeded my expectations!”
Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

I am not really a military history buff, but this place was a great learning experience. The multimedia presentations were very informative. Plan to spend at least 3 hours to get the full experience. The Beyond Boundaries 4D is a must!

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

This is an amazing museum on WWII. If you are a history buff you will love this place. They have a bunch of great exhibits to see. The museum is very large and in multiple buildings. There are extras you have to pay to see such as the submarine experience and the 4D movie narrated by Tom Hanks. The museum is still under construction with more exhibits coming next year. I can't wait to come back when it is all finished and see the rest.

Visited June 2013
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