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New Orleans' National WWII Museum's Behind the Lines Tour

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National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans' National WWII Museum's Behind the Lines Tour
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The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, originally named The National D-Day Museum, is a must-see destination for anyone interested in United States history, World War II, military history, military aircraft or armored vehicles. Since its opening in 2000, The National WWII Museum has brought this important period in history to life through permanent and special exhibits, oral and written histories, educational outreach and multimedia programs.

For dedicated history buffs, The National WWII Museum's "Behind the Lines" tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A museum curator will take you and your small group - tours are limited to six persons - to the Large Artifact Storage areas, the museum's vault and behind the barriers in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.

Highlights of the tour include opportunities to climb into a Sherman tank, Stewart tank and M3 halftrack vehicle, views of large and small artifacts - everything from a Messerschmitt airplane to snazzy daggers from Nazi Germany - in storage and the chance to discuss the American World War II experience with your guide, who cares for museum artifacts, creates exhibits and is an expert on World War II. The tour doesn't come cheap, but for the true World War II fanatic, it's an amazing adventure.

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