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The National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: +1 504-528-1944
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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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This is an interactive and modernized museum! The organization and effects are first class! Some graphics scenes, but can be avoided. It is a historic must see!!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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This is an interactive and modernized museum! The organization and effects are first class! Some graphics scenes, but can be avoided. It is a historic must see!!!

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This is one of the best museum experiences that I have ever had. I have been there 2 times now. Well worth the money. I got something out of it each time. Take your camera, talk to the volunteers, Take as much time as you need. Don't rush it! There is a movie narrated by Tom Hanks that is quite... More 

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This is a world class museum, curated by the Smithsonian. The layout takes you on an epic and sometimes emotional journey through different theaters of the WAR fought by the greatest generation.

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The WWII Museum was a great experience. It is huge! I fully recommend seeing Beyond All Boundaries. The museum does well at representing what it was like for Americans on both the European and Japan fronts. Please note that this museum is from the perspective of the Americans. I went into it expecting it to be about the Holocaust, like... More 

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Great museum on the history of WW2. Lots of interactions to learn. Recommend seeing Beyond the Boundaries 4D show which last 45minutes, worth the extra money.

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I was overwhelmed by the movie, which I understand took five years to make. The entire museum was like stepping back in history and I enjoyed the experience very much.

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We toured the WWII Museum on a Sunday, arriving late morning and staying till early afternoon. One could easily spend more than 3 hours here but we chose to focus on the video presentations which offered detailed glimpses into various aspects of the war. The displays were very well organized and the videos contained historical footage from both Europe and... More 

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My husband and I were only in town for 2 days, a rushed visit, but so glad we took some time to visit this museum. Nicely done, but, allow plenty of time to take it all in.

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An excellent museum that should be visited by all American school children to learn the history of what it means when the world is at war.. now more relevant than ever. Allow 3-4 hours or more.

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Plan to spend at least three hours. See the movie and take your time. Highly recommended. Look at the weather and use this as a place to go when the weather is not so nice out

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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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