The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

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Learn more about the planning and execution of D-Day at The National WWII Museum, where you can view American soldiers' private letters, weapons, and photographs. Pay homage to the men and women who served during World War II and experienced the Allied victory in 1945. You'll find a blend of education and entertainment, with interactive exhibits and 4-D experiences where you can discover the key events of the war through special effects, CGI animation, and first-hand accounts. The museum's restaurant is noted for its 17-piece band that plays classic jazz. Put The National WWII Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our New Orleans trip planner .
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  • This is a thorough history of WW2. It has interactive dog tags to tell you the story of a real person in the war. This museum is very large and there is a lit of walking required,  more »
  • Amazing experience. Tells everything with great detail, several videos exploring the asian and european sides of WWII. Don’t miss it if you like history!  more »
  • As a Veteran, I have visited many military themed museums over the years. While this particular museum, consisting of five buildings, is limited strictly to WWII, all the exhibitions and displays with...  more »
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  • Wow what an incredible museum. The use of specific stories to follow as you go through the museum really brings the war to life. The displays are amazing and include lots of interactive and educational information. The airplanes are beutifully displayed with some hung from the ceiling and accessible from walkways. There are two different places to eat an auditorium with musical entertainment from the era and temporary exhibits that are worth a look. We will be going back to explore more and follow different stories.
  • The layout and displays were top-notch. The home front section showed a side or World War II that is often overlooked. Unfortunately, the entire thing was also incredibly biased in a pro-USA pep rally sort of way. Yes, we were a major force in that conflict, but so were others such as the USSR and China. Both of these suffered loses that made ours pale in comparison. They also tied up Axis resources so that we never faced the entire strength of Germany and Japan. But there is little mention of this. Yes, Americans toiled and died in liberating other countries, but we also incarcerated entire populations based solely on ethnicity and utterly failed to even attempt to protect other populations from genocide. While I am incredibly proud of my country, not to mention my father and father-in-law for serving on the fronts in both theaters, I am also honest enough to admit that we were not perfect and that we should strive to recognize and improve on those shortcomings. This museum should make an effort to help with that goal.
  • Oh my goodness. This museum is incredible. We got a late start on the day and were only able to spend 2 hours here before they closed at 5pm. On one hand I wish we had had more time, but on the other, the content was heavy. I wish we had split it in up into two visits two be able to really take it all in. The Wwii veteran greeters at the front of the museum were very helpful too. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you visit NOLA.
  • Incredible museum. I would absolutely recommend spending the extra $ on the Final Mission and Beyond All Boundaries(4D)! Highly interactive and packed full of information in a very engaging way. Plan on spending an entire day there. Get there early so you don't miss anything. I'd say the best museum I've been to to date. I can't wait until my son is old enough, I will definitely be taking him. If you're a student, bring your ID for a generous discount.
  • When I'm in a museum I like to have a one way street to follow to make sure I saw everything in right order. When people just wander around like in this museum then it's easy to miss something. Dog tags didn't work. However some exhibitions are very nicely made with attention to details.

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