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The National WWII 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 Pacific and European Theaters, the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the daily life of civilians through the exhibit—The Arsenal of Democracy. 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.

The 90-minute evening presentation Expressions of America, will become a permanent experience starting after Veterans Day 2022. It includes an outdoor sound and light attraction held on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground. Tickets are first-come, first-served with multiple performances during the week.

Also on on-site, BB's Stage Door Canteen is a 1940s-style live entertainment venue that features music and entertainment from that era, and the Jeri Nims Soda Shop offers 1940s-era meals. With its glass exterior walls, the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion offers an up-close look at some of the Museum's macro-artifacts and allows visitors to learn how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) were used to solve some of World War II's most difficult problems. Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, is an intense interactive production based on an epic WWII 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, aircraft and macro-artifact landing craft are displayed. Outside the entrance, tree-lined Founders Plaza provides visitors a place to relax.

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.

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