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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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+1 504-528-1944
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the...

Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today - so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

Designated by Congress in 2003 as America's National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the "Greatest Generation" comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; The American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop - delicious onsite dining options; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.

Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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National WWII Museum

A must see attraction while in New Orleans. Two blocks from the St. Charles trolley at Lee Circle. Should be required for all Americans over the age of 14. Very informative, but... read more

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to see and do here that you will need a minimum of 4 hours and preferably 6 to see it all appropriately. The war has been sanitized a bit so would be appropriate for children but still has some compelling dioramas and displays. Do not miss the movie--well worth the extra expense. The submarine experience was... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see attraction while in New Orleans. Two blocks from the St. Charles trolley at Lee Circle. Should be required for all Americans over the age of 14. Very informative, but give yourself plenty of time. Our four hours didn't let us see all that was there. And the 4-D movie was fabulous.

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Quad Cities, Illinois
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A MUST stop when visiting New Orleans. The exhibits and movies were astounding! We bought the 2 day pass. One for our first day and the 2nd day could be within 7 days. Lunched at their restaurant. Great service. Fries were cold and pricey. I would suggest eating at one of the close outstanding New Orleans restaurants for the price.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to so many museums in US including the ones in new york city. This is probably my favorite now.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

"Beyond All Borders" was so well done and left us feeling very emotional. My wife and I are mid seventies, so many of the things we saw and heard in this fine museum struck home. Three of our parents were in the war and had stories of their own to tell us. So glad we went.

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I never fully understood what my father experienced in the South Pacific until I viewed "The Road to Tokyo." It is a powerful presentation of how the whole country pulled together to win the war.

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

OK, this isn't for everyone. If you have any interest, family history, or familiarity with WW2, go. Its the best museum in the country for WW2 related items. Its diverse, and tells the story about the war as good as youll find. The exibits are great. The wait time is short. You may be tempted to bypass the assignment of... More 

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Melrose, Massachusetts
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This museum was not that good. We expected all sorts of artifacts covering the large space that the museum encompassed, but we were very disappointed by what little they had. Many videos played on the walls of the rooms, but every room was too crowded to watch them comfortably. I can watch World War II videos at home thank you.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interactive museum; lots of audio opportunities. Many "rooms" decorated for location and event. Impressive tour!

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As a historian of 20th century Europe I was very disappointed in this museum. When it comes to museums, entertainment should not take priority over education. A visitor might have a fun time in this museum, but no one should ever leave a war museum thinking that war is a fun time, or a good idea, which is sadly the... More 

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Arts District / Warehouse District
Once a thriving industrial zone, today this district is home to a buzzing arts scene with an amazing assortment of galleries, boutiques, and studios having moved in and set up shop throughout the disused warehouses for which the area is so well known. Much of the art you'll come across here is local in scope, ownership and inspiration. However, among the many old brick warehouses are modern structures of steel and glass housing large-scale cultural institutions of national prominence such as the National World War II Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Just as eye catching as what’s on view inside the galleries and museums is the chance to see your ship come in at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, which serves as a wistful reminder of the city’s historic maritime prominence.
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