The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American side of World War II. The museum displays how, where & when the war was fought, how it affects our lives today, and illustrates the price of freedom.
Located in downtown New Orleans, the campus stretches across 6-acres. Five large pavilions, a period dinner theatre, restaurants, and an on-site restoration project are in progress. The exhibits are displayed in four different buildings, each based on a central theme of war.
Different exhibits include The Arsenal of Democracy, Road to Tokyo, Road to Berlin, The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, Unites States Merchant Marine Gallery, and Bayou to Battlefield. Additional traveling exhibits and special exhibits are on display randomly throughout the buildings. The exhibits are made to be accessible to everyone.
Every year the American Spirits Awards are held here to honor those who served. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged in the museum. Those who fought, or have family who fought in the war are welcome to tell stories in the oral history section of the museum. The museum is home to over 250,000 artifacts from the war - many of the artifacts are on exhibit, however, many of them are stored away to be used for research or future exhibits. In one area of the museum, there is a large collection of stories, over 9,000 personal accounts from veterans from all places, times, and positions of war.
The museum also offers digital collections from the war, highlighting photographs, videos, and history accounts put together for people's viewing pleasure. Two large theaters make it easy, and quiet to enjoy these videos. General admission for adults is $28, for seniors over the age of 65 $24, for students K-12 it's $18, and for any veterans and children under 5 have free admission.
Visit the National World War II Museum for a day of education, remembrance, and history.