The National World War II Museum

945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130- Map It
(504) 528-1944
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AAA Editor Notes

The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. (entrance at Andrew Higgins Dr.), chronicles the war years with exhibits detailing the causes, warfare tactics, home front and the war's lasting significance. Oral histories tell some of the stories. Permanent exhibits explain the history of the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy and the war in the Pacific. Items from the museum collection are displayed on a rotating basis, and special exhibits also are presented. The museum campus includes The Solomon Victory Theater, which shows “Beyond All Boundaries,” a cinematic experience featuring 4-D special effects and narration by actor Tom Hanks. Also on on-site, the Stage Door Canteen is a 1940s-style live entertainment venue that features music and entertainment from that era. With its glass exterior walls, the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion allows for behind-the-scenes look at the museum's ongoing artifact restoration. Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience, at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, is an intense interactive production based on an epic World War II battle. The stunning pavilion Campaigns of Courage houses the Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries. Re-creating locations in the war's two fronts, the exhibitions feature immersive galleries for a 360-degree experience of key strategic moments. New Orleans was chosen as the site of the museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, to honor Andrew Higgins, a local boatbuilder whose amphibious landing craft was credited by Dwight Eisenhower with winning the war. A restored Higgins boat, four aircraft and a Sherman tank are displayed. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
Museum $24; $20.50 (ages 65+); $14.50 (children and college students and military with ID). Second-day admission additional $6 (per person). “Beyond All Boundaries” or Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience additional $5. Stage Door Canteen prices vary. Parking: $10 at the visitor lots adjacent to the museum.
AAA Benefit:
Members save $2.00 on Regular Adult admission, $1.00 on Regular Child admission, and $1.00 on Senior admission.
Hours: Museum daily 9-5. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. “Beyond All Boundaries” is presented on the hour daily 10-4 (also Fri.-Sat. at 5); phone ahead to confirm schedule. Final Mission: The USS Tang Experience shows are available daily 9:35-4:55 (also Fri.-Sat. at 5:15 and 5:35); advance reservations are recommended. Stage Door Canteen hours vary. Closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.