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Profile of The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Profile of The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
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In Brief:

The National WWII Museum tells the story of World War II from Americans' perspectives. Originally founded as The National D-Day Museum in 2000, The National WWII Museum is the official World War II museum of the United States.

At the Museum, you can explore the buildup to and battles of World War II from many points of view. The Museum's large collection of oral histories adds to impact of the many photographs, artifacts, films and macro-artifacts on display. Special exhibits present aspects of World War II, both on the battlefield and the home front, that deserve particular attention. Don't miss Beyond All Boundaries (separate admission charge), a 4D film that traces U. S. involvement in World War II. If you prefer live music, head for the Stage Door Canteen, which presents live entertainment accompanied by treats prepared at the Museum's American Sector restaurant.

While it may seem strange to locate a national museum in New Orleans instead of Washington, DC, the location of the National WWII Museum is actually part of its story. New Orleans was home to Higgins Industries, which built amphibious boats during World War II and employed over 25,000 men and women of all ages and races. New Orleans' Higgins boats were essential to the war effort, particularly during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. A museum dedicated to preserving D-Day artifacts, collecting oral histories from World War II participants and educating future generations about this world-changing war belongs in a city that contributed so much to the war effort.

Getting There:

If you are visiting New Orleans' French Quarter, you can walk to The National World War II Museum. Head toward the Mississippi River on Canal Street, turn right on Magazine Street and walk for about 15 minutes. The Museum entrance is at the intersection of Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Drive.

Parking is available in the Museum's pay parking lot, across the street from the Solomon Victory Theater building. You can enter the parking lot from Andrew Higgins Drive or Magazine Street. If the lot is full, you can park in one of several pay parking lots near the Museum complex.

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority buses on routes 11 and 12 stop at The National WWII Museum.

See It Now:

Admission and Hours:

Admission is $21 for adults, $12 for children ages 5 – 12, students and active duty military. Children under 5 are admitted for free. A senior discount ($3 off the adult admission price) is offered to visitors age 65 and older. Active duty military members in uniform and World War 2 veterans may visit the Museum for free.

If you want to watch the 4D film Beyond All Boundaries, you will need to purchase a combination ticket that also includes your Museum admission.

The National WWII Museum is open daily 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m.

The Museum is closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day.

Address and Telephone Number:

945 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 528-1944

Website

Things to Know About The National WWII Museum:

  • The Museum has wheelchairs available for visitor use, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • There are two restaurants at the Museum, the Soda Shop, which is open from 7:00 a. m. to 5:30 p. m., and the American Sector, which is open from 11:00 a. m. to 9:00 p. m. Sundays through Thursdays and stays open until 11:00 p. m. on Friday and Saturday nights.


  • The Museum has three gift shops, each with different merchandise. Don't miss the American Collection gift shop, which features items made in the USA.


  • To give visitors the opportunity to handle and learn about World War II artifacts, the Museum offers special tours, including the "Behind the Lines" and "Call of Duty" tours, for an extra fee, as well as White Glove Wednesdays, which take place on Wednesday mornings and are free of charge with your Museum admission.


  • The next phase of the Museum's ambitious expansion program is scheduled for January 2013, when the US Freedom Pavilion, which includes the Boeing Center, will open its doors to the public.


  • Throughout the year, the Museum offers special tours both in New Orleans and to World War II history sites around the world.


  • Tip: Visitors should be aware that some of the topics and images presented in Museum exhibits may be disturbing to some individuals, particularly young children. The Pacific D-Days Gallery, in particular, includes photographs depicting such events as the Bataan Death March, which are important to World War II history, but may also be distressing to some visitors.


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