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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  • Michael P
    Chico, California67 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
    133 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 Carolina1,572 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
  • Blueluke
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum!
    As a grandchild of a WWII vet I wanted to see the museum. I was not disappointed! This is an amazing museum that is full of interesting facts and stories from the war and life back home during the war. There were interactive exhibits throughout the museum that I think make more interesting for children. Each exhibit was designed around the theater that it talks about. By far the highlight of my trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
  • John B
    Baltimore, Maryland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great History
    WOW! Great must see museum! So full of history! @72 I learned somethings about WW2 I never knew. It can be a little overwhelming. I’d recommend a minimum of a 2 day visit
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Frankee11
    302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well put together but exhausting and depressing
    After nearly two hours, I was really depressed. It's overwhelming, but if you don't know much about WWII, it's very educational. I did not know, for instance, that the US fought with the Brits against Italy in No Africa... or that this was because Churchill cautioned Roosevelt that the Americans were not well trained enough to go up against the Nazi's until they had fought elsewhere first. He was right of course. But boy it's just war, war, war all the way through and it's very exhausting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • NMkitten
    Amarillo, Texas80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience
    Great museum. Great exhibits and information. The dog tag experience was informational and a great way to learn about a solider who served and hear their stories. Skip the Tang experience. It was not worth the time or money. The beyond boundaries was great. Great volunteers and very helpful. Plan for a full day and still not see everything.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
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Debbie F
Concord, NH205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Unless you're only in New Orleans to party on Bourbon Street, this stop simply MUST be on your itinerary. We're not even particularly interested in history, but everyone we talked to steered us towards this museum. We thought that we'd spend the morning there, then move onto something more to our liking. OMG...we were BLOWN away! We were there by opening and stayed until closing. We still saw only a fraction of the exhibits. It turned out to be the favorite thing we did on our trip. We enjoyed the 4D IMAX movie, too (be sure to book ahead because they sell out). It nicely tied everything together. I hear that the Tang experience was well worth it, too, but by the time I inquired about it at 11:00, they were sold out for the day. We also heard (too late) about an early morning museum tour that was excellent. In any event, show up at opening in order to be ahead of the wave - this place gets majorly crowded. Word is out that it's a must-do while in town. Heck, this museum is so good that it might even be worth a trip to New Orleans just to experience it!
Written 5 January 2020
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Sarah M
Darien, IL140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We opted for a one day ticket and were able to see a good chunk of the museum. We visited in March 2020 during the Coronavirus scare so all the interactive touch screens had been turned off, but there was still plenty to see. We thought the museum was a nice blend of historical artifacts, stuff to read, and videos to watch. The 4D movie narrated by Tom Hanks is well worth the money. You can easily spend a full day here. The sit down restaurant inside was pretty good!
Written 13 March 2020
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Judy H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We spent between 4 and five hours exploring the exhibits and presentation as well as taking in the 4-D performance (really loved it, totally worth extra time and $). Honestly, we could have been there for a day at least, however, it is a personal interest. The aged school children were blasting through the place and if you take your family and you have kids under high school they'll lose interest and you won't want to spend more than 3 or 4 hours.
Written 9 February 2020
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123canadiangirl123
Calgary, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Even though we are Canadian, we enjoyed learning a bit more about the war. The movie (narrated by several famous people including Tom Hanks) was VERY well done. We only had two hours to tour the museum so the $35 price was a little expensive for us. It is a place you can easily spend several hours (or even a full day) in. Much to see and learn about.
Written 5 March 2020
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prevere
Coronado, CA374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You only need to see some of the exhibits and watch the multi- media presentation Beyond All Boundaries to become completely involved in the experiences this huge museum offers. Even if you have a good grasp of World War II history, you will find a LOT more to learn. There is a restaurant called The American Sector serving good enough food that you can expect a wait to be seated. Then, you find that the food and service are excellent. Realism prevails throughout the several buildings. There are still exhibits and active video ones. Plan to spend 1-2 days if you want to see it all. It is one of the most outstanding museum presentations I have ever seen. It is a must see!!
Written 4 January 2020
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Ted M
Fairfax, VA137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My professional historian friend summed it up that museum up for me as a "theme park." Indeed it is very interactive and what it may lack in some senses for hardcore historians in research and fact, it makes up by presentation and interactivity.
It has greatly expanded since I was last there in 2011 and one needs at least one full day to see everything sufficiently. Be sure to see the movie that Tom Hanks narrates "Beyond All Boundaries" with its 4D presentation (yes, keep thinking theme park!). And make sure to keep interacting using the electronic "dogtag" they give you before you start your journey on the 1940s style train that took many ordinary American civilians and made them "Citizen Soldiers."
Written 6 February 2020
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melissa328
Pennsylvania386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum was really great and well worth it. You should put aside a good portion of your day to see everything. We are not huge museum goers but were there around 5-6 hours. We had visited Normandy, the American Cemetary and Omaha and Utah beaches a year ago and seeing the d-day section was really great. There were also some special sections that were nice about the capture of a nazi war criminal and another section where artists made things out of glass pieces that a priest found around Europe. These 2 were special exhibits that rotate. Everything is spread out nicely in different buildings and people are always around to help. Make sure to spend the extra money to see the 48 minute 4D movie narrated by Tom Hanks (Beyond All Boundaries). It was excellent and really explained the whole process of WW2 and how the USA got involved. I'd say this is more of a museum for adults and not so much for young kids as they would not be interested. There's a lot of interactive stuff too. A great museum well worth visiting while in NOLA. Get there early when they open to make the most of your visit before it gets too crowded.
Written 12 January 2020
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Barry G
Moore, OK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Wow, what a great and fun and educational museum. Their film with Tom Hanks was well worth the cost, very stunning and moving. The entire museum was very interactive and filled with great videos of the war in both theaters. We spent an entire day and was so well worth it for the overall quality. Highly recommend this museum.
Written 17 February 2020
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Kelly I
Alameda, CA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The exhibits, videos and movies were very well done and informative. You learn about what was happening in the different countries leading up to the war and then the events that happened in the European side of the war (on one floor of the building) and the events on the Pacific side of the war (on another floor). There are lot of personal stories on display and many artifacts including airplanes, weapons, clothes and personal effects. Only spent one day there but can probably spend many days there looking at the exhibits more closely. Would highly recommend visiting this museum
Written 2 January 2020
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ2,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We really enjoyed the museum once we got to it. It is a good walk from the French Quarter, but you can do the hop on hop off bus or take a cab to get there instead. The place is under construction, so it was a bit roughed up. Exhibits were very immersive and you could spend a whole day here if you listen to all of the audios and videos. You do get a very significant discount if you decide to come back for a second day within 7 days of buying your ticket. The planes in the large building where you can walk on catwalks to get up close to them were great, unless you have vertigo (there is actually a sign posted saying people with vertigo should not go on the walkways on the 3rd or 4th floors. Friendly and helpful staff. Overall, a really nice museum. I do not know what they are building right now, but I would like to see what it is once it is done.
Written 20 January 2020
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