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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3813
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+1 504-528-1944
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the...

Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today - so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

Designated by Congress in 2003 as America's National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the "Greatest Generation" comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; The American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop - delicious onsite dining options; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.

Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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Exceptional Museum!! Best in the U.S

Went here Monday for the first time in a few years and the new displays and the way the museum is set up is even better than when I previously visited it. This is an outstanding... read more

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here Monday for the first time in a few years and the new displays and the way the museum is set up is even better than when I previously visited it. This is an outstanding museum as is the Beyond All Boundaries Video. Probably the best Museum in the United States.

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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a great day at the museum. The size of this place is incredible and the details of all the exhibits is unreal it reminded me of disneyworld or something similar. We learned so much About ww2 and the role the usa had in it. Im a bit of a history buff but being canadian i new less about... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plan to take at least 3-4 hours to tour this museum. It is well narrated and can enlighten on aspects of the war.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an amazing museum. My only issue was that it was a rainy day and while I thought it was a smart move to go that day, the rest of New Orleans had the same idea and it was so crowded we could barely get through. We stayed for 4 hours and it wasn't enough time. You must see... More 

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had never been to a multi-building museum before, and couldn't believe ll the displays and historical facts!! Be forewarned that the Final Mission is only 11 minutes long, but the Beyond all Boundaries is almost an hour -- plan on an entire day if you can!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful museum with excellent collections of WW II equipment, displays and movies which help people of all ages understand the horror of WW II and to appreciate all who fought or supported the war effort. A must see in New Orleans!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must for anyone with even the slightest interest in WWll....or even if you think you don't have any interest! It is truly intriguing. We learned so much as we went through the galleries and even more as we watched the Tom Hanks documentary....outstanding! The entire experience was very thorough and moving.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum was really nice and informative. The movie and experience were great! The only issue was that at about noon it became so crowded that we couldn't really see a lot of the exhibits. Luckily we arrived at when it opened and were able to take a lot of in before it got like that. Would suggest going early... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting and informative. While this place has a ton of things to see, lines are very slow moving. Everywhere is concrete and very few places to sit and rest, hard and tiring on the feet.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seems like a great museum, however, we were not able to enjoy due to the crowds. I realize it was a Saturday and the weather outside was a bit damp so I'm sure this was a perfect storm scenario. 45 minutes in line to buy tickets and then absolutely jammed in both levels of the museum. 3-6 people deep everywhere... More 

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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 glass housing large-scale cultural institutions of national prominence such as the National World War II Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Just as eye catching as what’s on view inside the galleries and museums is the chance to see your ship come in at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, which serves as a wistful reminder of the city’s historic maritime prominence.
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