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 from the period, including posters, radio, and film clips; 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 USSTang Experience," which re-creates the experience of being in a 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-entry 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 current offerings.