AAA Editor Notes
The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. (entrance at Andrew Higgins Dr. between Camp and Magazine sts.), 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, BB's 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. Outside the entrance, tree-lined Founders Plaza provides visitors a place to relax.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.