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The National WWII Museum
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The National WWII Museum Ticket New Orleans
Ranked #1 of 383 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #2 museum in the world 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 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. The Museum is open daily, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. nationalww2museum.org
Reviewed 2 December 2013

I have been to numerous WWII and specifically D Day museums, a close relative was one of the Rangers that climbed the cliffs at Normandy and I have also visited all the sites in France.

I originally supported this museum effort through the early fund raising efforts and now finally I have had a chance to go the museum. Started out with breakfast at the Soda Shop, Coffee machine was broken, they were out of fountain coke, but biscuit and muffins were ok. Went into the museum the staff were all very friendly and helpful, went right into the train ride experience, pretty neat, then over to the other building for the 4D movie, Movie was a well done synopsis of the War, special effects were kind of need but kind of bordered on a bit disney-ish based on the content being presented, but overall well done for modern audiences and attention spans.

Then we moved over to the Final mission sub, very neat effect, but hard to figure out what was going on and your "job" has no impact on the outcome of the mission, many people were not even sure if their stations were working or not, not good for what it cost. The Boeing building that houses the Final mission experience has some really cool hanging planes with observation decks 3 stories up so you can walk through them and some vehicles on the ground to look at, and a small area with some medal of honor exhibits and interactive maps, but felt like there should have been more there.

Then we moved onto the D-day exhibits in the main museum, very well presented storyboards and exhibits, but no real new ground was covered. It might be bit selfish on my part based on my interests, but the Ranger section was one small storyboard and then audio interviews from 2 of the more prominent members of the battalion and that seemed to be it.

As a somewhat seasoned D-Day buff I was not impressed with this for the $100+ we paid for admission for the family, seems like most of the money went into the building and their impressive expansion plans. I have been to plenty of much smaller WWII museums and exhibits that were better than this.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

What a stunning tribute to all who served in WWII. This museum should be on everyone's "to-do" list while in New Orleans. They are continually adding new exhibits, so even if you have been before, see what has changed.

The 4D movie "Beyond All Boundaries" narrated by Tom Hanks, is a short story on the war, from beginning to end. It is an incredible experience and a quick history review for those who may have forgotten. Hanks should make this into a full-length feature film; it is extremely powerful.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

The museum was clean and very well laid out. It flowed well with lots of personal stories combined with the straight facts to really bring the history to life. Being in my mid 20s, I had learned about WWII in school, but didn't really have a grasp of the timeline and what was going on where. This museum really cleared everything up as you figuratively walk through the timeline and see events unfold. While history is written by the winners and there was clearly some rah rah USA propaganda, there was a surprisingly balance view of the emotional state of each side and how both sides felt they were in the right. Very good and highly recommended.

Thank Kate S
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We took the 2pm tour of spies, lies and deception and it was fantastic...Herb Miller was our guide and he has a story to tell! Spend the extra for the movie ...it is well worth it! Lunch in th eJohn Besh restaurant was great...have the oyster po boy!

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

When researching our trip to NOLA we read all kinds of travel guides. One advised : Get out of the French Quarter! While the French Quarter is seductive (and where we'll be be spending most of our time later this month because we *did* indeed venture out of it on our last visit) heading to other attractions in NOLA is essential. The National WWII Museum is an excellent example of why you should bother to put the beads down and explore a fascinating museum. Other reviews mention the Tom Hanks Beyond Boundaries film and we certainly concur -- it is outstanding. But what really moved us were the Vets who volunteer and whose pride in the war effort -- not to mention their personal participation -- is truly moving. Being Canadian we were especially interested in the D Day Juno Beach landing and are are now thinking of visiting the area next summer. Look specifically for the Louisiana connection of amphibious boats indigenous to this area which were a natural enhancement of the war effort and the exhibits of the war in the Pacific which are sobering and set the context of the development of The Bomb.

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