The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
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09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and #2 in the U.S., 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 an opportunity to tour and 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. Open early through 1/2/18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Ryan G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful Experience!
    This is an extremely well-designed museum with beautiful displays and multimedia experiences. Make sure to give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy this massive museum. You can spend an entire day if you take your time, but at least allow for a few hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • SwissMiss
    Canton of Zurich, Switzerland138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum to learn some important history
    This museum was not on our original list of things to visit in New Orleans, but we ended up going there when we had an afternoon free. I am so glad we did! The presentation is really well done with many films and some rooms designed to make you feel you were actually there (e.g. a jungle setting). We only allocated 2.5 hours to this museum, we should have done more. There was a one hour movie, narrated by Tom Hanks, which we did not have time to see. I will definitely be back to visit if I come to New Orleans again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • ParisgalChicagoIL
    The Villages, Florida720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous Museum!
    We had not been to New Orleans in ten years when we last visited this remarkable museum…I still needed tissues to get through the exhibits. This history lesson has evolved into even a better experience than we remembered. We spent five hours here and didn’t see it all. Helpful volunteers, hands on exhibits, great video presentations, temporary Disney exhibit, nice gift shops and restaurants…really a remarkable place of learning and remembering.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Michael P
    Chico, California65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a history and museum buff, definitely a must-see!
    We've toured the entire 48 lower states over the last 15 years and seen many museums, including the collections at the Smithsonian. My wife commented that this museum experience was by far her favorite, right up there with the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington. She liked the one-stop-shop experience of all of WW II being right here in one place, and we felt that there was a good balance of perspectives shown. We didn't partake of the evening lights show, the submarine experience, or the additional movie, but did hit everything else in the museum. Including lunch within the museum at the American Sector venue, and a little bit of shopping, we literally spent the entire day there from the time they opened until the closing bell. We missed this attraction on our first trip to New Orleans in 2019, and glad we made it back and were able to spend a whole day here just in the museum this time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Mindy from Florida
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this!
    I'm so glad we put this on our agenda during our New Orleans visit. There are so many fascinating stories and reminders of the incredible challenges the troops encountered during the war. We only had half a day to tour the museum, and we were able to get through most of the exhibits. There is a lot of walking and standing involved, but there area some benches scattered around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Shannon L
    Kentucky34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive Museum!
    This museum is massive!! We allowed ourselves 4 hours to get through this museum and it wasn't long enough! This was one of the best museums I have ever visited. The information and exhibits were fascinating and extensive. The only suggestion I have, is that I would have liked to see an area devoted solely to the Holocaust.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mark O
    132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the high rating
    This is a very very well put together museum. The text is easy to read and well positioned. There enough detail but without being over whelmed. The museum has a good sense of background theatre to the different locations of the war. We didn’t read everything but spent 6 hours here - much more than the suggested 3. We did this over 2 days, paying a further $12 each for the 2nd day ticket ( you need evidence of day 1 ticket). I recommend you start early if you hope to do in 1 day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Lloyd M
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina1,568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to learn
    A great museum. I normally go through museums quickly and went in expecting to spend 30-60 mins, ended up three hours. They walk you through the pacific and European campaigns and you get a great understanding of how both campaigns evolved, what it was like and how the allies won (spoiler alert). It’s light on the actual artifacts (not a ton of planes, guns, etc), it’s more about the story telling and it works well. Great way to spend a few hours, you’ll come out with a much better understanding of the war.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Rhonda Whiten
    Pace, Florida111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American treasure!
    This is a must see! The museum takes you in chronological order through WWII. Very interesting and educational. You leave with a sense of pride to be an American and a heart of gratitude to the brave men and women who keep us free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Blueluke
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum!
    As a grandchild of a WWII vet I wanted to see the museum. I was not disappointed! This is an amazing museum that is full of interesting facts and stories from the war and life back home during the war. There were interactive exhibits throughout the museum that I think make more interesting for children. Each exhibit was designed around the theater that it talks about. By far the highlight of my trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
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Vicki
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Tons to see and detailed history. Can be overwhelming so split it into two days. Was there for 7 hours and still didn’t see it all. Nor could my brain take in anymore information in one day.
Written 19 June 2024
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ozpix
Australia504 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Better than expected. We spent about 3 hours here and could have spent way more. So much info and presented well with good facts and exhibits.
Written 19 June 2024
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mjkr
Scottsdale, AZ42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing museum. If you or your kids are studying this war it's worth the trip to NOLA. Well laid out and very informative. We spent an entire day going through the museum. We did the two add on Beyond All Boundaries and the Freedom Theatre. Both worth the extra money. I'm really glad we made this a priority during our visit to New Orleans. Well worth the time and money.
Written 18 June 2024
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glennsparrow
Christchurch15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I'd heard the museum as incredible and it really is. I'm not from the US and had some trepidations that the museum would be over the top. It isn't. It is highly respectful of all cultures and tells the story of WW11 very well, albeit from an American standpoint. We would have been in the museum the best part of four hours and could have spent longer.
Written 16 June 2024
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J L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We flew to New Orleans specifically to visit this museum and it did not disappoint. The dog tag experience was very engaging. There is a lot to see and we ended up spending a day and a half at the museum. The D Day and Road to Berlin and Germany exhibits are amazing and we spent the most time there. The Beyond Boundaries movie is worth the money and helps set the stage for the exhibits you are going to see. If you can, try to get an early viewing time. The museum can get quite cold so bring a light jacket, even in the summer. The earlier you go in the day the more chance you will have to view the exhibits without tons of other people. If you are short on time The Boeing center had the least artifacts and information to view and we spent the least time in this exhibit. When you get your tickets you are given a clip to wear that lets you travel between the buildings. You can leave and eat lunch off site and then return the same day. We ate onsite at the soda shop and it was an enjoyable meal. There are 4 total gift shops all with slightly different items. If you have time brush up on the Higgins Boat and the USS Tang ahead of time as both of these are displayed in the museum. Online are over one hundred oral histories which is fabulous as you will never have time to listen to everything in a short trip.
Written 15 June 2024
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Tracy B
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There is a lot to take in. Go early and plan to spend a whole day there. It's very interesting and well put together. I highly recommend it.
Written 14 June 2024
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eimimathetes
Marshall, TX185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I have a membership at this museum, and have visited multiple times over the last few years. Each time I return, I discover something I had not noticed or focused on previously. This time a new section had opened, the Liberation Pavilion. I was moved by many elements of this new collection, moved to tears at times. Reflections on the Holocaust and on the service of military chaplains were particularly moving. Perhaps some day, humanity will learn the lesson that this museum is teaching; until that day, this museum and others like it must continue to remind us of what true sacrifice and heroism are, and of the value of peace.
Written 14 June 2024
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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Pre booked tickets day before visit, there was a queue to buy when we got there at around 10:30 but nothing too bad (this was in February). Also got tickets for the ‘Beyond All Boundaries” 4d show which is in a full size theatre. This was worth doing, you might be around lots of school kids though if going mon - Fri. Modern museum, nicely done, most interesting part for me was seeing the aircraft and vehicles. I can see how someone could spend all day here if there is a fascination with the war. There are a few restaurants / cafes and a large gift store.
Written 10 June 2024
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Namtroltd
Fairfield, OH3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was a great experience especially as it was close to D-day. The volunteers were especially good and very knowledgeable.
Written 10 June 2024
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martinrmn
wales120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a fantastic museum. It is so well thought out and designed with excellent exhibits. It tells the story of the war, from the American side as it is a US museum. This is not a criticism. The war on both fronts is covered but it also explains about how the Americans treated their own people, African American and Japanese American. You certainly need a lot of time here to appreciate the full impact. I also found that visitors were respectful which was nice to see. If you have time, this is definitely worth a visit.
Written 10 June 2024
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