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The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

History Museum
Central Business District, New Orleans
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    "Beyond all Boundaries was phenomenal!! Definitely a must-see!"(28 Tips)
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    "Book the 4D movie: Beyond the Boundaries, narrated by Tom Hanks."(10 Tips)
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    "Beyond all Boundaries narrated by Tom Hanks"(9 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!
  • Kathleen V.
    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.
  • Rex L.
    Rex LightningApril 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.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • HISTORY
    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)
  • Steve L.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Bernard B.
    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.
  • Deepti A.
    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
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • Christina T.
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • Aksel Q.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Tony T.
    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!
  • Thomas
    ThomasNovember 22, 2013
    The "Final Mission" is IMHO a waste of time. It runs by itself, the room is too spacious to convey the confined space of a submarine and all you have to do, is watching a computer movie on the ceiling
  • Alyssa W.
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • 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.
  • Abe
    AbeApril 4, 2016
    Be prepared to spend hours learning! I suggest reserving half a day or longer just to learn the history here.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • 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.
  • Suzanne L.
    Suzanne Lea F.July 15, 2013
    Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. There is a lot of different ways to get the information. Movies, reading, pictures, artifacts!
  • Rachel R.
    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.
  • Marcus K.
    Marcus KelleyOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Plan on getting to the museum at 9 am when it opens. It will take you from 3 to 5 hours to walk through the exhibits. Also get your tickets to Beyond All Boundaries when you get your museum tickets.
  • Arlene S.
    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!
  • Ana P.
    Ana PratoNovember 28, 2014
    No audio-guides available. All information is in English. It's a pitty because a lot of tourists from from around the world come to this museum
  • Jack J.
    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).
  • Priya T.
    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.
  • Marcus K.
    Marcus KelleyDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Beyond all Boundaries, the Tom Hanks 4D multi-sensory film, has actual war footage. Some of which is graphic. View discretion is advised. Fourth grade school age and up are usually fine.
  • ATL_Hunter
    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
  • 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!
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LaPlaineJune 8, 2013
    The museum itself is so worth your time. The displays are really nice, good well rounded experience. The staff is super nice, let us store our luggage so we could head to the airport when done.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BlundellNovember 16, 2012
    An amazing museum full of interactive pieces telling the story from an historical and personal perspective. The movie, Beyond all Boundaries, was definitely worth it.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SharrattMarch 11, 2013
    Make sure to get a clear explanation of what's open and what's not during construction. They told us the new building had large artifact like tanks, but we couldn't find the entrance.
  • Sabeen
    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!
  • Chris H.
    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!
  • Wassel M.
    Wassel MohammedJanuary 15
    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!!!
  • Dijana C.
    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.
    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
  • Juan jo G.
    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
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsMay 14, 2015
    If you're at all interested in history, this is a comprehensive look at World War 2 from the perspective of the United States. Extremely detailed exhibit, give yourself 3 hours to consume it all.
  • 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!
  • John P.
    John PJuly 12, 2012
    Tickets were a little pricey for the museum. I thought the ticket for the movie was well worth it. The displays are more from personal perspectives and they make it more immersive. Thank you Vets!
  • Delores P.
    Delores PearsonAugust 6, 2015
    4D Movie was great, my daughter loved that she could check the status of military personnel chosen with the tags in the beginning of her visit.
  • Heidi V.
    Heidi Votaw-AmblerJune 10, 2014
    Others have mentioned this as well but definitely recommend seeing Beyond All Boundaries before the actual museum. Definitely worth the visit.
  • Gaby C.
    Very nice museum! Must visit. Dont miss “beyond all boundries documental”.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GattoSeptember 29, 2015
    The movie was one of the greatest theatre experiences a person can have. Worth every cent of the money.
  • Jason M.
    Jason McKinneyDecember 17, 2017
    If you only have 2 hours, make more time.. This is a multi-day museum. I experienced it for almost 6 hours and barely got through about a third.
    Upvoted Jun 12
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew Casper6 days ago
    Very extensive museum investigating the US involvement to this global war... awesome to see exhibits on both European and Pacific wars, with strong focus on how it impacted life in American homes
  • Brett N.
    Brett NettoSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the 4D film Beyond All Boundaries. Produced & narrated by Tom Hanks. Showtimes are every hour on the hour. First showtime is 10am everyday. Last showtime is 4pm Sun-Thurs and 5pm Fri & Sat.
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy ThomasAugust 30, 2014
    Amazing collection and powerful film. Easily spend a day here seeing some pretty amazing stuff. Expect to read.
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