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The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

History Museum
Central Business District, New Orleans
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    Justine A.
    "Beyond all Boundaries was phenomenal!! Definitely a must-see!"(34 Tips)
    Gene G.
    "Really enjoyed the Beyond the boundaries 4D movie"(13 Tips)
    Libby L.
    "Beyond all Boundaries narrated by Tom Hanks"(10 Tips)
    Nick P.
    "The American Sector restaurant is unbelievably good."(5 Tips)
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  • Larry M.
    Larry MichehlOctober 29, 2016
    This is an unexpectedly LARGE museum. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore and be certain to see the Tom Hanks narrated movie. It is WELL WORTH the extra charge. A MUST SEE in NOLA!
    Upvoted Apr 3
  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen VargasNovember 11, 2016
    Very informative. Love that everyone got a card like a dog tag and you got to hear the stories from your selective World War Two veteran when you tab it in selective machines.
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    AYHJAApril 22, 2017
    Life changing! I live in Washington DC and have been to the Smithsonian lots of times. That said, this museum met and exceeded my expectations. It's worth its own trip to New Orleans.
    HISTORYApril 5, 2010
    The museum opened its doors on June 6 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day. The museum is located here because this is where the "Higgins Boats", vital to D-Day operations were designed, built & tested
  • Libby L.
    Libby LeeFebruary 20, 2014
    go and watch the Beyond all Boundaries narrated by Tom Hanks, you won't be disappointed! This place has expanded a lot since I was here last (back then it was called the D-Day museum)
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Good museum though the museography is off, with too much text, too small (and crowded) passages in the galleries and not enough seats in front of archival videos.
  • Steve L.heart icon on user image
    Steve LeVineNovember 19, 2017
    This museum is absolutely a must-see! It is an awesome multimedia sensory experience that presents the war really well without glorifying or sensationalizing it.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CheramieNovember 27, 2018
    Plan for a full day to explore this vast museum with multiple exhibits. Pressed for time? Head straight for the 4D movie that offers a vibrant history of the war with rain, snow & interactive effects.
  • Bernard B.heart icon on user image
    Bernard BorelJune 6, 2017
    Wonderful place to spend the day and will take at least the whole day. Besides all of the historical artifacts, there are restaurants and other things to do. A must place to visit.
  • Sheldon H.
    Sheldon HarperDecember 12, 2016
    Its was an awesome experience. Drawback is not enough bench's to see these great movies. Take a cushion, sit on the floor!To read & enjoy everything u need a good two day to take everything in.
  • Deepti A.heart icon on user image
    Deepti AllaMarch 9, 2017
    Absolutely stunning experience. I have been to museums in NYC, Chicago, DC .. but this one is the most interactive! Very illustrative and story like. Dont miss if you're in Nola
  • Christina T.heart icon on user image
    Christina Tyler WenksMarch 18, 2018
    Learning about the roles of units like the 100th Bomb Group at Thorpe Abbotts and the lives of particular soldiers was moving. Experiential learning was exceptionally curated for all ages.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenFebruary 17, 2019
    Can't say how absolutely AMAZING this museum is. Plan to spend at least 4-5 hours here to really get a good grasp of the history here. Warning: pretty graphic images, not always suitable for kids.
  • Louis-Victor K.heart icon on user image
    Louis-Victor KuhnMay 11, 2021
    Look, I know your didn’t come to NOLA for culture, but this made it to my top 3 favorite museums in the US. If it rains or it’s too hot out check it out. Get a buzz before to get them feels.
  • Raquelheart icon on user image
    RaquelMarch 10, 2019
    One of the best museums I’ve ever been to! High tech and innovative. But it’s a LOT. I would suggest booking a tour. Reading for five hours had us skimming. You really need 8+hrs to do this one.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EugeneNovember 12, 2018
    Rated one of the best museums in the country, WWII is in a class of its own. There are enough artifacts to last you a visit (or two) and the dining options will keep you there throughout the day.
  • Tony T.heart icon on user image
    Tony TJune 8, 2017
    The Best Museum of its Kind!!! I've never been to a museum that put things so into perspective as this WWII Museum! Has been rated #4 museum of America, and #11 in the world!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CheramieNovember 9, 2018
    Plan for a full day to explore this vast museum with multiple exhibits. Pressed for time? Head straight for the 4D movie that offers a vibrant history of the war with rain, snow & interactive effects.
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannNovember 25, 2020
    Good place for a little history among all the mirth and revelry in town. A good quick overview if, of course, it can’t go into the full depth on very complex topics and issues.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckNovember 12, 2023
    Pro tip is skip the line and bypass the wait for the fake train car to start... You can walk straight from ticketing up the stairs into the museum and not miss anything.
  • Alyssa W.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa WOctober 22, 2016
    A really modern, interactive museum - one of the best. Go through the road to Tokyo and road to Berlin exhibits for a chronological view of the war.
  • Boo B.heart icon on user image
    Boo BearJuly 5, 2019
    Nice museum if you like educational places. I spent 5 hrs. Ate a nice lunch at soda cafe. Not too large, maybe can stretch it to an entire day. Not as big as the aviation museum in Pensacola.
  • Aubrey L.heart icon on user image
    Aubrey LittletonOctober 18, 2018
    WWII history buffs will be enamored. But this is a world class museum that everyone should visit. There are exhibits on either side of the street that can occupy the better part of a day.
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    aanwarApril 4, 2016
    Be prepared to spend hours learning! I suggest reserving half a day or longer just to learn the history here.
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RubinApril 10, 2017
    One of the best museums I've ever been to. The Road to Japan and Road to Berlin exhibits are so well done! Definitely plan to spend at least 4 hours here.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 25, 2015
    A really incredible, never ending museum. The newer section is rich in multimedia, kind of sensory overload. We scheduled two hours and it wasn't nearly enough time to get through everything.
  • Todd W.heart icon on user image
    Todd WicknerOctober 11, 2019
    This is the best WWll museum that I’ve been to bar none. Covers all aspects of the war from many different angles.
  • Aaditya
    AadityaMarch 28, 2016
    You would need to spend at least half a day to view all the attractions! We tried to cover as much as we could in the 2 hrs we had, haha!
  • Line H.heart icon on user image
    Line HintzeAugust 28, 2018
    Wow! What a museum. One of the best I have ever gone to. And pay to watch the movie ‘Beyond All Boundaries’ - it’s a highlight!
  • Jack J.heart icon on user image
    Jack JenkinsAugust 22, 2016
    Very impressive museum, it's massive and always growing. I like the idea they have of following the story of certain people who participated in the war (optional).
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJune 15, 2017
    This Independence Day, celebrate with a trip to the National World War II Museum. Be sure to catch a performance at The Stage Door Canteen which offers a variety of 1940s-inspired entertainment.
  • Tuğba A.heart icon on user image
    Tuğba AltanJuly 1, 2016
    Authentic design is ver coll however more information about WW II before US become one of the allies may be given.
  • Priya T.heart icon on user image
    Priya TungrusAugust 27, 2015
    A nice museum, mainly showing the American efforts of WW2. Spent 1.5 hours here, but that was fast. Plan for at least 3 hours. The movie is an hour long to plan that on top.
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.December 2, 2017
    You can easily spend half a day here because there is so much to see so budget your time accordingly!
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    ATL_HunterNovember 19, 2015
    Really fantastic museum but honestly it's a lot to see in one day. The European theatre was amazing - can't wait to see the Pacific when it opens
  • Doug W.heart icon on user image
    Doug WMay 14, 2017
    Great experience but it could use some more exhibits. Places feel like you're reading a history book and looking at photos, informative and interesting but not what you expect at a museum.
  • Adam H.heart icon on user image
    Adam HarryJuly 21, 2019
    Incredible museum. Tickets are pricy but definitely worth the price! Really individual experience. Quite overly patriotic but that’s coming from a British person!
  • Arlene S.heart icon on user image
    Arlene SocorroMarch 26, 2014
    Words cannot express how amazing this place is! It's a must for everyone!!! Go when it opens because I promise you, you'll be there all day. Don't forget to watch the Beyond Boundaries film!
  • Wassel M.heart icon on user image
    Wassel MJanuary 15, 2018
    Was a great informative experience, the place is really organized and including technology in it makes it even more fun, Must watch the 4D movie!!!
  • Aksel Q.heart icon on user image
    Aksel Quintus-BoszMarch 11, 2013
    You can buy tickets for all the museum venues and halls at more than one location on the museum grounds. Pick the one with the shortest line!
  • Sabeenheart icon on user image
    SabeenOctober 4, 2015
    Nice museum, the Beyond All Barriers 4D experience is well worth it - too bad you can't just do that part, it was definitely unique!
  • Jasmine 💫
    Jasmine 💫December 23, 2018
    Not widely advertised, but tickets for Beyond All Boundaries are $19. A solid option for those not able to stroll through the 5-building campus, but still want to experience a piece of history.
  • Dijana C.heart icon on user image
    Dijana CotajJanuary 7, 2016
    This is a MUST!! The best museum I have ever visited! I fell in love with this museum and it's extremely emotional, bring some tissues.
  • Mike D.heart icon on user image
    Mike DJanuary 9, 2017
    An absolute must-visit. In terms of scale, detail & emotional impact it's one of the best historical museums in the world
  • Jess W.
    Jess WJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There is lots of construction going on here, so please, do your research before you come! The corner store of the museum on Andrew Higgins and Magazine is NOT the entrance! Entrance is in LA Pavilion!
  • Juan jo G.heart icon on user image
    Juan jo GoAugust 8, 2016
    Amazing place, the history live in this place. If you have the opportunity, you can see a veteran of war walking on the hallway
  • Pema C.
    Pema ChodenJuly 19, 2015
    Book your tickets for the 4D movie in advance via the website. There are only certain times in the day they play the movie.
  • Vivian W.heart icon on user image
    Vivian WangDecember 29, 2019
    A really thorough and thoughtfully put together exhibit. Must do when you are in New Orleans. Take your time to look through everything.
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LaPlaineJune 8, 2013
    Everyone should go here! Did the 4D movie, thought this was really nicely done. Did the USS Tang experience, pretty cool idea (your the crew of the Tang on it's last mission). Museum is great!
  • Heather S.
    An absolutely well done and educational institution. This is a must see!! Do the Beyond the Borders movie! You won't regret it!
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