The National World War II Museum

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Family-Friendly Museums: Located in New Orleans because that was the home of Higgins Industries, the manufacturer of the landing craft that delivered U.S. troops onto the D-Day beaches, this CBD must-see will appeal to all history lovers and slightly older kids interested in military lore. In addition to the permanent and special exhibits, the museum also offers "Beyond all Boundaries", a 4-D movie narrated by Tom Hanks. Special programming includes a monthly overnight for families, a pajama party geared to the 7-12 year old set loaded with activities, scavenger hunts, games and the opportunity to climb inside the Museum's Sherman Tank. Family-themed work shops explore themes like code school and aviation.

Museums: Originally named the National D-Day Museum, and located in New Orleans because the flat bottomed Higgins boats used in the invasion were made here, this museum is a must see for every history buff. Besides extensive and interactive exhibits on the Pacific and European theaters, the museum includes a special section on the Normandy Invasion and thousands of three-dimensional artifacts representative of the war years both at home and overseas. December 2014 marks the opening of the newest Pavilion, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, and the Road to Berlin exhibit.From the "Steel Pot" helmet to the impressive Sherman tank, the Museum's artifacts bring the people and places of World War II into sharp focus. Housing large wartime aircraft and permanent galleries, the museum outlines the Allied strategy. In addition to the permanent and special exhibits, the museum also offers a multimedia experience. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours for a full tour, more if you are the type that really immerses yourself in the exhibits.

Attractions near Smoothie King Center: Located in the Central Business District, the National World War II Museum places an emphasis on the American experience of World War II with moving tributes to the everyday heroes of World War II. Housing large wartime aircraft and permanent galleries, the museum outlines the Allied strategy. In addition to the permanent and special exhibits, the museum also offers a multimedia experience. There are always great movies/documentaries showing at the museum. Currently, "Beyond all Boundaries", a 4-D movie narrated by Tom Hanks is screening. Allow three hours for a full tour, longer if you want to really take your time with the exhibits.


Address

945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Map / Directions
504-528-1944

Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Family-Friendly Museums: "The "Beyond Boundaries" 4-D movie is beyond awesome."

Museums: "Have nibbles and drinks at the Museum's American Sector bar and restaurant or stay for happy hour, always a great deal."

Attractions near Smoothie King Center: "The Museum is located in New Orleans to pay tribute to Andrew Jackson Higgins, the New Orleans-based designer of the amphibious landing craft that proved so decisive on D-Day."

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: The National World War II Museum is family friendly, with plenty of exhibits to keep slightly older kids' attention.

Best for Museums Because: It's the only homage to the heroes and battles of the

Best for Attractions near Smoothie King Center Because: This link to the achievements and back story of World War II's Greatest Generation is a priceless piece of history.

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