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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