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The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3813
+1 504-528-1944
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Originally founded in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #4 museum in the country, 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 the 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. In addition, online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, educational outreach, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. A capital expansion program includes the construction of two additional pavilions in coming years, cementing the institution as a state-of-the-art educational institution and a premiere destination for travelers from around the world. Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
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945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3813
Arts District / Warehouse District
+1 504-528-1944
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This Museum is awesome the interactiveness was amazing. I definitely recommend it. It was alot of fun we did the Atlantic side of the war. I would like to do the Pacific next time

Thank Chris T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They did a really nice job with the displays in the museum. Lots of history and I learned a few things. You could easily spend a few hours here.

Thank Tracy V
Reviewed yesterday

It is such a well done museum with very helpful volunteers and help. You start with a train ride to familiarize you with the journey. Then start out with the period leading up to the war. We made it trough the battlefield Europe, the arming...More

Thank travelingtarheel81
Reviewed yesterday

Incredible artifacts presented in interactive exhibits offer a trip back in time to one of the most profound events of the 20th century. The museum offers not only an overview of the enormity of World War II, but also accounts of the many individuals who...More

Thank phil0859
Reviewed yesterday

Large buildings on grounds cover the pacific and European fronts . In addition Tom Hanks does a narrative of the war that covers so much information that alone is worth going to see this museum

Thank AmandaRhodeIsland
Reviewed yesterday

I know there is a lot to do in the city of New Orleans, but you ABSOLUTELY MUST take time for this museum. Whether or not you have a personal connection to WWII (I do - my dad was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne),...More

Thank LeeAnn M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The most complete military history museum I've ever visited. This is a "must see" destination if ever in NOLA. Everything you could possibly want or need to know about the war is here. Thoroughly covers the European and Pacific Theater. I was particularly stunned and...More

Thank dpm3356
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great museum! Definitely a must see! Loved the interactive tour as well as the 4D theater with a documentary done by Tom Hanks. Highly recommend!

Thank Amy E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited this must see museum for the second time. This time with my millenial children. I was touched by the impact these stories had on them. Perhaps history wont repeat itself

Thank stracq
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the whole museum and the submarine simulator. We also had lunch in the adjoining restaurant which was great. The WW2 exhibits contain various artifacts, interactive exhibits, video/photo footage, and stories from and about real people who were in the war (soldiers, nurses, politicians,...More

Thank Brittking
Arts District / Warehouse District
Once a thriving industrial zone, today this district
is home to a buzzing arts scene with an amazing
assortment of galleries, boutiques, and studios having
moved in and set up shop throughout the disused
warehouses for which the area is so well known. Much
of the art you'll come across here is local in scope,
ownership and inspiration. However, among the many old
brick warehouses are modern structures of steel and
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Cary L
6 August 2017|
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Response from Daniel G | Reviewed this property |
If you want to read everything and watch all the little films and the full length film you could easily spend two days but I think you would feel you saw enough with 6 hours. You will want to go back on your next visit to... More
Monica R
30 July 2017|
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Response from Trevor R | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any lockers for bags. You can take small bags in.Enjoy the museum..
Lisa P
9 July 2017|
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Response from Pelicanpass | Reviewed this property |
I don't know we were pressed for time and all the other restaurants in the area were very busy, so we ate the museum. Food was ok prices not bad