This vast and still expanding museum is a moving and well-executed examination of World War II events and its aftermath. Seminal moments are re-created through vintage propaganda posters, radio and film clips from the period; more than 7,500 oral histories of the military personnel involved; a number of short documentary films; and collections of weapons, personal items, and other artifacts from the war. Highlights of the museum include "Final Mission: The USS Tang
Experience," which re-creates the experience of being in an immersive submarine, and the 4-D theater experience (across the street from the main exhibits) called "Beyond All Boundaries" produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. (Buy timed tickets in advance for the "Final Mission" and "Beyond All Boundaries," as there is limited availability.) Other popular exhibits are the replicas of the Higgins boat troop landing craft, which was invented and manufactured in New Orleans by Andrew Jackson Higgins during WWII, and the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which honors all service branches and includes a restored Boeing B-17. This latter is the third of five new pavilions proposed for the expanded campus, due to be completed in 2016. The Stage Door Canteen features WWII-era entertainment and an adjoining restaurant serving the food of celebrity-chef John Besh. Check the website for updates on the expansion and a list of current movies, lectures, events, and programs.
945 Magazine St., main entrance on Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, United States
Sep 19, 2012
One of the best museums on World War II that I have visited. We visited the museum this past Memorial Weekend in May and had the opportunity to meet a number of the World War II Veterans. The museum provides so many details of the various battles and brings it all together in some very unique visual presentations. The 4D film is excellent. In addition, the restuarant serves some outstanding food. Don't miss this one.
Apr 29, 2003
This is one of NOLA's best kept little secrets! (But then, it is relatively new, so....) If one is into military or WWII history, this is not to be missed. Heck, I'm not into either, and I enjoyed myself! It's well laid out, with a lot of interesting exhibits, and even a few new things to learn. There are plenty of spots to sit and listen to audio files or watch videos, which is nice. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. The movies shown downstairs
in the big theater should not be missed. The gift shop is more than adequate, and has lots of war/military gifts to look over. There is a small cafe, a little expensive (as all museum cafes are), but clean and a nice place to get something to drink and take a break. This is a must see!