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“The WWII Museum”

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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“The WWII Museum”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

I visited the museum with my family and we had a great time. The collection of armament, war relics, documents, videos, etc. is impressive and very informative. We liked specially the Boeing Pavilion. Two excellent restaurants managed by Chef John Besh will satisfy your appetite. The special exhibit about propaganda posters was quite interesting and unique.

Visited December 2013
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Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
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“Don't miss the movie Beyond All Boundaries”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Usually we skip the "add ons" at museums, but this one is worth the ticket and the extra $5. The Tang submarine experience was also very good. My father was part of the "greatest generation" that never spoke about the war. Great insights here to what our troops experienced. Makes you understand that this truly was a World War. Well worth the visit.

Visited December 2013
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“The Best WWII Museum I've ever been to”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

This was the second visit to the museum after many years. They have expanded the exhibits and are continuing to grow. The 4D movie about the war was excellent and was narrated by Tom Hanks. Lot's of authentic planes, tanks, weapons, etc. as well as a complete history of the war. Some of the pictures shown in the exhibit are graphic and may be a bit much for young children, but war is gruesome. I'd skip the submarine experience (extra fee).

Visited January 2014
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“So worth a visit!!”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Incredible technology combined with personal interviews and in depth information. It was an educational experience and I highly recommend it to anyone in the area. We watched the movie prior to walking through the museum - it's a 'must see' and a great way to start the visit.

Visited November 2013
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Ocean City, Maryland
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“History Lesson”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

You can't help but get a little choked up going thru the museum. The best film called "Beyond all Boundaries" narrated by Tom Hanks tells the story of WWII in a way anyone could understand. Great way to teach history. A total of 65 million lives lost from all countries and not all were soldiers. Many were non-combatants. I have a renewed respect for our soldiers. I will never miss a chance to thank a soldier or veteran for the freedom I enjoy.

Visited January 2014
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