The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and #2 in the U.S., 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 an opportunity to tour and 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. Open early through 1/2/18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Lizchasteen
    Clemson, South Carolina45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    Our family of 6 really enjoyed our time at the museum. It is very well done! We added the movie to our ticket, and it was fantastic, highly recommend doing that! Make sure you see all the parts of the museum as it can be a little confusing where to go next. We also ate lunch at the restaurant and the chicken sandwich was delicious. The shrimp and grits were a little small in portion. Great day at the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Ryan G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful Experience!
    This is an extremely well-designed museum with beautiful displays and multimedia experiences. Make sure to give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy this massive museum. You can spend an entire day if you take your time, but at least allow for a few hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • SwissMiss
    Canton of Zurich, Switzerland137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum to learn some important history
    This museum was not on our original list of things to visit in New Orleans, but we ended up going there when we had an afternoon free. I am so glad we did! The presentation is really well done with many films and some rooms designed to make you feel you were actually there (e.g. a jungle setting). We only allocated 2.5 hours to this museum, we should have done more. There was a one hour movie, narrated by Tom Hanks, which we did not have time to see. I will definitely be back to visit if I come to New Orleans again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • ParisgalChicagoIL
    The Villages, Florida719 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous Museum!
    We had not been to New Orleans in ten years when we last visited this remarkable museum…I still needed tissues to get through the exhibits. This history lesson has evolved into even a better experience than we remembered. We spent five hours here and didn’t see it all. Helpful volunteers, hands on exhibits, great video presentations, temporary Disney exhibit, nice gift shops and restaurants…really a remarkable place of learning and remembering.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Michael P
    Chico, California65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a history and museum buff, definitely a must-see!
    We've toured the entire 48 lower states over the last 15 years and seen many museums, including the collections at the Smithsonian. My wife commented that this museum experience was by far her favorite, right up there with the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington. She liked the one-stop-shop experience of all of WW II being right here in one place, and we felt that there was a good balance of perspectives shown. We didn't partake of the evening lights show, the submarine experience, or the additional movie, but did hit everything else in the museum. Including lunch within the museum at the American Sector venue, and a little bit of shopping, we literally spent the entire day there from the time they opened until the closing bell. We missed this attraction on our first trip to New Orleans in 2019, and glad we made it back and were able to spend a whole day here just in the museum this time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Mindy from Florida
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this!
    I'm so glad we put this on our agenda during our New Orleans visit. There are so many fascinating stories and reminders of the incredible challenges the troops encountered during the war. We only had half a day to tour the museum, and we were able to get through most of the exhibits. There is a lot of walking and standing involved, but there area some benches scattered around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Shannon L
    Kentucky34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive Museum!
    This museum is massive!! We allowed ourselves 4 hours to get through this museum and it wasn't long enough! This was one of the best museums I have ever visited. The information and exhibits were fascinating and extensive. The only suggestion I have, is that I would have liked to see an area devoted solely to the Holocaust.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mark O
    132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the high rating
    This is a very very well put together museum. The text is easy to read and well positioned. There enough detail but without being over whelmed. The museum has a good sense of background theatre to the different locations of the war. We didn’t read everything but spent 6 hours here - much more than the suggested 3. We did this over 2 days, paying a further $12 each for the 2nd day ticket ( you need evidence of day 1 ticket). I recommend you start early if you hope to do in 1 day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Lloyd M
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina1,568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to learn
    A great museum. I normally go through museums quickly and went in expecting to spend 30-60 mins, ended up three hours. They walk you through the pacific and European campaigns and you get a great understanding of how both campaigns evolved, what it was like and how the allies won (spoiler alert). It’s light on the actual artifacts (not a ton of planes, guns, etc), it’s more about the story telling and it works well. Great way to spend a few hours, you’ll come out with a much better understanding of the war.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Rhonda Whiten
    Pace, Florida111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American treasure!
    This is a must see! The museum takes you in chronological order through WWII. Very interesting and educational. You leave with a sense of pride to be an American and a heart of gratitude to the brave men and women who keep us free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom926 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Pre booked tickets day before visit, there was a queue to buy when we got there at around 10:30 but nothing too bad (this was in February). Also got tickets for the ‘Beyond All Boundaries” 4d show which is in a full size theatre. This was worth doing, you might be around lots of school kids though if going mon - Fri. Modern museum, nicely done, most interesting part for me was seeing the aircraft and vehicles. I can see how someone could spend all day here if there is a fascination with the war. There are a few restaurants / cafes and a large gift store.
Written 10 June 2024
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Namtroltd
Fairfield, OH3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was a great experience especially as it was close to D-day. The volunteers were especially good and very knowledgeable.
Written 10 June 2024
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martinrmn
wales120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a fantastic museum. It is so well thought out and designed with excellent exhibits. It tells the story of the war, from the American side as it is a US museum. This is not a criticism. The war on both fronts is covered but it also explains about how the Americans treated their own people, African American and Japanese American. You certainly need a lot of time here to appreciate the full impact. I also found that visitors were respectful which was nice to see. If you have time, this is definitely worth a visit.
Written 10 June 2024
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Channi
Houston, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I thoroughly enjoyed the museum; however, there is so much to see to fully experience the museum that I needed more time. The museum was well done and did its best to encapsulate ww2 experiences in a a condensed format. I learned more than I did in a textbook.and recommend this attraction if time allows. Today's youth, especially, needs to learn of our country's past in this format.

While I am so, so proud to be an American, some things I learned about us was an embarrassment, but I understand it was simply the context of our land at that time. Fighting for others while mistreating our own and expecting them to defend us. Some things haven't changed much. Thank God, most of us are better humans today.

Nonetheless, I highly recommend thus museum!! No regrets!!
Written 9 June 2024
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Barbra S
Arvada, CO144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
WOW. This museum was like if Disneyland married a WWII historian. It was very immersive and powerful! We spent 5.5 hours there and loved every minute! We liked the Tom Hanks movie better than the Freedom Hall one (we saw both). The entire experience was well thought out with some of the clearest and most impactful exhibits I've ever seen in a museum. Do NOT miss this if you're in New Orleans. It's worth every penny. We went on a Tuesday so it wasn't too crowded.
Written 7 June 2024
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Pat Telford
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A place of honor and heroes! Worth every penny! The museum honors the men and women who served, fought and died for us when our country called so we could be free!
Written 6 June 2024
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Vivian H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, we were there 3 days and could go back again. Very historic, many donations of personal artifacts. Very personal, something to be seen because everyone is forgetting the greatest generation. A highlight!!
Written 5 June 2024
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JenRed2014
Buffalo, NY1,175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The museum tells the stories of WWII in great detail. Some exhibits were so immersive and made you feel like you were walking through the jungle, the beach, or Anne Frank’s house. There were camouflaged weapons, surrounded by sounds and videos playing. Other areas were full of artifacts and the walls plastered with reading. We also enjoyed the airplane room with multiple floors.
To be honest, I’m not sure we saw everything! The layout is a bit confusing, even with a guidebook. Also, I feel like you have to pick and choose where to focus your time, or else you will burn out and become overwhelmed due to the size of the missing and the amount of material to get through. Take a few minutes and prioritize your trip for the best experience.

*Parking was not attached, so we drive past it once. It’s not cheap!
*Bring student ID for discount, it’s well worth the savings!
Written 4 June 2024
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curtismill
Boston, MA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We cannot adequately express the depth of information we received here, not the depth of emotion. What a memorable visit we had here. We highly recommend the 2 hour Campaigns of Courage walking tour, and the Beyond All Boundaries movie. We were totally engaged and the movie moved us to tears. We spent 2 days here and will never forget it. God Bless America! Thank you for this museum
Written 4 June 2024
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bodymanmyers10
Findlay, OH685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Been wanting to visit this place for years. And was very impressed. We spent more than 3 hours here and still didn't see everything. I would love to come back. Next time I will plan a longer visit
Written 31 May 2024
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