National WWII Museum New Orleans
Where are we going today?
"The War That Changed The World" - kids, do you know what war this phrase is talking about? If you answered WWII, you'd be correct!
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is a fascinating museum that is dedicated to this life changing war, and is filled with exhibits all about the different aspects of this time in history. There are exhibits on world leaders, as well as the every day man and women, and there of course are actual fighter jets that were used in the war! It's a day out in history for the family in Louisiana.
The exhibits at the National WWII Museum cover an epic and global scale, and are housed in three buildings that are each arranged around the central themes of the war. Through interactive displays, oral histories and personal vignettes, kids can not only learn about the war itself, but the real people that it affected.
The museum has over 100,000 artifacts to explore, so make sure you leave enough time! There are diaries, letters, photographs, artworks, weaponry, medals, and even vehicles. It's worth spending time listening to the oral histories that are recounted by actual war veterans too - it's something kids can't learn reading a history book!
There are films that run in the Malcolm Forbes Theater too, where you can get a great start on the history before you start to experience the exhibits.
Don't miss the special exhibits that run temporarily in the National WWII Museum too. It's worth putting them in the diary so you don't miss out! It also means there is something new for you to see when you visit next.
A fascinating day out in New Orleans for the kids, where they can learn about a time in history that changed the course of the world, and all the real people involved. Something you can't really learn in books!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$24 museum only
- Children$14.50 museum only
When can we go?
Exhibits: 9am - 5pm daily.
It's a museum where you can really learn so much about the war. They offer docent-guided tours for grades 5-12, which last an hour, and they also offer self-guided tours for groups of 60 or more. .
The American Sector restaurant is a great place to pick up some tasty lunch! They have garden-to-table menus, including meats, seafood and artisan products! Of course, they have those burgers, and chicken fried steaks too.
They have salads and sandwiches in the restaurant if you want something on the healthier side.
Any Top Tips?
Allow a couple of hours to really see the museum and take in the exhibits.
Need a little extra help?
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Can I get one of those?
From figurines, to history books and DVDs, to museum-themed merchandise, there is a great Museum Store where you can pick up some interesting items.
They have fun Dinner After Dark experiences where you can enjoy a 5 course menu by an incredible chef, with great themes!.
What people are saying?
by Diana Duangnet
Absolutely an incredible museum. You could spend a week here and still not get through everything. Lots to see and read and do. Great for all ages, and even for that that don't like museums. It's the third most visited museum in the Untied States, and for good reason.
by Gordo B
I'm a big WW2 history buff. The ubiquitous use of video annoys me, I've seen this all on TV. I've seen hometown museums with many more artifacts. Displays are poorly organized. Over all VERY disappointed.
Worst of all, at our "national" WW2 museum, the entire aircraft exhibit was closed for a "private" event. 1/3 of the museum. Closed. When I asked how this could be, I was told "...this is Private museum" so it's not really the "National" WW2 museum. I'll stick to real museums in the future.
by marco fossati-bellani
Wow! This museum has gone from good to amazing since the expansion. There is SO much to experience and learn. The restaurant is no longer John Besh, and not that good.
by Dan Wagner
This is by far the best museum of any kind that I've ever visited. I could have spent all day here and been happy. It's hard to put into words how great this museum is but it is worth the price of admission and then a whole ton more, and then more. What an amazing place. If you have an afternoon to spend here, you'd be absolutely crazy not to come. I learned so much about things that I was not familiar with, and I'm a WWII buff, so that says something. Unreal!
by regnfull hjem
Modernist, confusing museum with more videos than artifacts. I can watch this stuff on youtube for free. German and allied uniforms were next to each other in dissaray. No real flowing logic to anything. Not enough seating for people. Tiny corridors where you are pushed through inside of illogical, huge, stone buildings.