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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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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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Is the only dedicated museum in the USA about WWII. I learnt loads of things from this museum (my country wasn't involved in WWII), you need to keep in mind that is the American... read more

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Is the only dedicated museum in the USA about WWII. I learnt loads of things from this museum (my country wasn't involved in WWII), you need to keep in mind that is the American version of it. Kudos to the curatorial team, is a great museum and is huge, be prepare to spend the whole day in there!

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really cool place to immerse yourself in ww2 history. You arrive at a train platform, it feels like your really shipping off to war. The sub experience was a bit corny, but theres so much to see and do here its unreal

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent display of WWII. Get early and enjoy the movie and many other exhibits at this museam. I have been in many museams around the world and this one is right up there with the best. Must visit if you are in town...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Museum served as a venue for a private party I attended... incredible to navigate the floors exploring history while assorted military aircraft was suspended overhead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a big museum, it have 2 buildings. Not only it has WWIII collections but also multi media materials to accommodate the exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the best museum in America. There are parts of this place that as you walk through them will take your breath away. I was there for 5 hours, and I can't wait to go back. If you are interested in American history, this is a MUST visit.

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This museum is an outstanding memorial for the greatest generation. My father served in the army in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Like most members of his generation, he never talked about his experiences, and unfortunately I rarely asked him about it. The tour of this museum was very emotional for me because it helped me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is best to purchase the full tour, movie was great and USS Tang was interesting. Plan on spending the whole day even if you do not read everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You could spend days exploring this wonderful museum. Don't miss the Tom Hanks' narrated movie first - it sets the scene beautifully.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It seams like every time I go, I see some thing different. I've probably been here 6-8 times. And I love how the exhibits go in order, almost like a movie. I can't say enough good things.

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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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