The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National WWII Museum is the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and #2 in the U.S., and an unforgettable way to experience World War II—from industrial efforts on the home front to the combat experience of the American servicemember abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Beyond the galleries, the Museum offers unique access to experiential history, including an opportunity to tour and ride on an authentically restored PT-boat, tours behind the scenes to handle artifacts alongside Museum curators, and an impressive collection of restored and working macro-artifacts to discover. Open early through 1/2/18, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Lizchasteen
    Clemson, South Carolina45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    Our family of 6 really enjoyed our time at the museum. It is very well done! We added the movie to our ticket, and it was fantastic, highly recommend doing that! Make sure you see all the parts of the museum as it can be a little confusing where to go next. We also ate lunch at the restaurant and the chicken sandwich was delicious. The shrimp and grits were a little small in portion. Great day at the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Ryan G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful Experience!
    This is an extremely well-designed museum with beautiful displays and multimedia experiences. Make sure to give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy this massive museum. You can spend an entire day if you take your time, but at least allow for a few hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • SwissMiss
    Canton of Zurich, Switzerland137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum to learn some important history
    This museum was not on our original list of things to visit in New Orleans, but we ended up going there when we had an afternoon free. I am so glad we did! The presentation is really well done with many films and some rooms designed to make you feel you were actually there (e.g. a jungle setting). We only allocated 2.5 hours to this museum, we should have done more. There was a one hour movie, narrated by Tom Hanks, which we did not have time to see. I will definitely be back to visit if I come to New Orleans again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • ParisgalChicagoIL
    The Villages, Florida720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous Museum!
    We had not been to New Orleans in ten years when we last visited this remarkable museum…I still needed tissues to get through the exhibits. This history lesson has evolved into even a better experience than we remembered. We spent five hours here and didn’t see it all. Helpful volunteers, hands on exhibits, great video presentations, temporary Disney exhibit, nice gift shops and restaurants…really a remarkable place of learning and remembering.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Michael P
    Chico, California65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a history and museum buff, definitely a must-see!
    We've toured the entire 48 lower states over the last 15 years and seen many museums, including the collections at the Smithsonian. My wife commented that this museum experience was by far her favorite, right up there with the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington. She liked the one-stop-shop experience of all of WW II being right here in one place, and we felt that there was a good balance of perspectives shown. We didn't partake of the evening lights show, the submarine experience, or the additional movie, but did hit everything else in the museum. Including lunch within the museum at the American Sector venue, and a little bit of shopping, we literally spent the entire day there from the time they opened until the closing bell. We missed this attraction on our first trip to New Orleans in 2019, and glad we made it back and were able to spend a whole day here just in the museum this time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Mindy from Florida
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this!
    I'm so glad we put this on our agenda during our New Orleans visit. There are so many fascinating stories and reminders of the incredible challenges the troops encountered during the war. We only had half a day to tour the museum, and we were able to get through most of the exhibits. There is a lot of walking and standing involved, but there area some benches scattered around.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Shannon L
    Kentucky34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive Museum!
    This museum is massive!! We allowed ourselves 4 hours to get through this museum and it wasn't long enough! This was one of the best museums I have ever visited. The information and exhibits were fascinating and extensive. The only suggestion I have, is that I would have liked to see an area devoted solely to the Holocaust.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mark O
    129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the high rating
    This is a very very well put together museum. The text is easy to read and well positioned. There enough detail but without being over whelmed. The museum has a good sense of background theatre to the different locations of the war. We didn’t read everything but spent 6 hours here - much more than the suggested 3. We did this over 2 days, paying a further $12 each for the 2nd day ticket ( you need evidence of day 1 ticket). I recommend you start early if you hope to do in 1 day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Lloyd M
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina1,560 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to learn
    A great museum. I normally go through museums quickly and went in expecting to spend 30-60 mins, ended up three hours. They walk you through the pacific and European campaigns and you get a great understanding of how both campaigns evolved, what it was like and how the allies won (spoiler alert). It’s light on the actual artifacts (not a ton of planes, guns, etc), it’s more about the story telling and it works well. Great way to spend a few hours, you’ll come out with a much better understanding of the war.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Rhonda Whiten
    Pace, Florida111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American treasure!
    This is a must see! The museum takes you in chronological order through WWII. Very interesting and educational. You leave with a sense of pride to be an American and a heart of gratitude to the brave men and women who keep us free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
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Green Bank, WV25 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Outstanding museum. Each section was decorated in reflection of each event that was discussed. There was much auditory and interactive substance to it all.
Written 24 May 2024
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Mokenavince-11
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May 2024 • Couples
Touching, sad, bring a tissue fantastic masterpiece and tribute to our vets. The tears were many. To listen to our brave men and women of that era is amazing. The work and construction are fantastic. This place should be viewed by the kids. Our schools could use a great history lesson that this museum can provide.
Written 24 May 2024
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Stephen D
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We arrived at 1:45pm and wished we’d got there earlier. When the doors closed at 5pm we felt we could easily have spent another 2 hours there.
Written 24 May 2024
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Ian H
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I have a huge interest in history and have always loved learning about WW2. Bias aside, when I saw this was the highest rated attraction in New Orleans I thought, "Really? There's so much to see and do here, how can a museum (though I love them) be the top attraction?" At the risk of over hyping it, it lived up to it. If you're going to visit New Orleans, don't miss out on this.
Written 23 May 2024
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aryoder
Indiana27 contributions
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My husband and I started our museum experience with the 4D Beyond All Boundaries movie. Absolutely awesome! The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Tom Hanks. The rest of the visit was equally amazing and deeply moving! All volunteers and there were many, were very helpful.
Written 23 May 2024
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Presto67
New York City, NY378 contributions
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Spent a few hours at the WWII museum this afternoon and it was spectacular. If you have any interest in WWII then this is a must stop if anywhere near New Orleans. It is worth a plane ride just to go to the museum.
Written 17 May 2024
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Grumo
New York City, NY1,073 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
We loved our visit to the World War II Museum. Only about 20 years old, it’s a newer style of museum with engaging exhibits, videos and interestingly laid out visuals. A lot of it is about the life of the soldiers and of course the campaigns. Very moving and informative exhibit on the role of women in the war.

I was glad to see the acknowledgment of the internment of Japanese- American citizens as well as the challenges and contributions of Hispanic and Black soldiers.

What is missing was coverage of the eastern front. There were 20 or 22 million losses on the Eastern front of Soviet cvilians and soldiers. Only 2% of the generation born in 1924 in Russia survived the war!Those efforts distracted the Germans enough to allow for success of the Allies on the western front.

We loved the aviation section where you can climb stairs or take elevators to see planes that are suspended from the ceiling at different angles.

The docents were friendly, helpful and informative.

What is also very dramatic is a sculpture of a group of soldiers/airmen (?) at a briefing. Also, buildings are very well designed.

This is a very special museum worth a visit. It is set in a neat museum section of town.
Written 10 May 2024
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA11,054 contributions
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May 2024 • Business
Such a beautiful and pretty big museum! It’s dedicated to the various theaters of World War II. It’s laid out nicely and worth the visit.
Take the time to check out each floor. It’s also great for special, private events.
Written 9 May 2024
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Terry T
Florida138 contributions
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We first visited the museum when it was newly opened. What a contrast with our recent visit. To take in all the exhibits would easily take a full day, maybe more. World War Two is explained in exacting detail with artifacts, dioramas, testimonials and multimedia presentations. A sober and somber depiction of the Greatest Generation and a nation that mobilized every segment and population to free the world from tyranny. The Museum continues to grow and expand. We are already looking forward to visiting again.
Written 8 May 2024
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Erik_and_Cheryl
Philadelphia, PA238 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
This is an Erik only review as Cheryl did not attend. The admission process is simple and straight forward. It is easy to make your way through the museum. With respect to equipment on display there is an ample number of small arms, machine gun and guns and the like. I was surprised with the number of aircraft hanging from the rafters. A nice touch was the German 88mm on its travel chassis. The amount of land vehicles was disappointing, with only one tank on display. The displays were well thought out and informative. The museum was a bit crowded, which a can make reviewing displays challenging. There are gift shops and food shops available. This is a nice WW2 Museum that one could visit on multiple days to get to all the displays. Particularly moving is the Holocaust video. I give this a high recommendation. and I will certainly visit again.
Written 7 May 2024
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