Fodor's Expert Review National World War II Museum

Warehouse District Museum/Gallery Fodor's Choice
National World War II Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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... READ MORE

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.

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Quick Facts

945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130, USA

504-528–1944

www.nationalww2museum.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $23; Beyond all Boundaries and Final Mission presentations $5 each, Daily 9–5

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